Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Audience with Perak sultan may be the 'solution' - NST

Audience with Perak sultan may be the 'solution'

PETALING JAYA: May 13, 2008

Karpal Singh should have sought an audience with the Sultan of Perak to allay the accusations of sedition against him, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said.

"Generally, the Malays and non-Malays have the position that one should seek an audience to settle the matter amicably," the de facto Parti Keadilan Rakyat leader said.

"In this country, the constitutional monarchy is an institution to be respected and we have to mind the Rulers' position and sovereignty," he said at a press conference here yesterday.

He added that Karpal, the MP for Bukit Gelugor and DAP chairman, had clarified his position and said that he did not intend to "disrespect the Constitution and the Sultan of Perak".

Karpal had allegedly questioned the powers of Sultan Azlan Shah over the reinstatement of State Religious Department head Datuk Jamry Sury less than three days after he was transferred by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.

Anwar also urged the Royal Commission report on the Lingam video clip to be made public.

He said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should stop speculating on the "hidden agendas" behind the video clip.

"He should refrain and be more remorseful. This report will be viewed by the public and he should not be saying things as if he was still the prime minister."

On Sunday, Dr Mahathir had alleged that Anwar had exposed the recording in order to discredit Datuk V. K. Lingam.

The lawyer is counsel for Dr Mahathir in a defamation suit brought by Anwar.

Anwar repeated yesterday that he had enough Barisan Nasional defectors in hand for Pakatan Rakyat to form the government.

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