Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Still a Stalemate

On Monday, the High Court declared that PR’s Nizar is the rightful Perak Menteri Besar, but on Tuesday (i.e. today), a Court of Appeal decision granted a stay on yesterday’s decision. So, it is still a stalemate – at least for now. And the police presence is still intimidating...

One interesting feature of this appeal - given the gravity of this case and political ramifications - is the remark that the court registrar should have ensured that Zambry's stay application was heard by a 3-judge panel, and not one of the most junior appeal court judges (The Malaysian Insider, May 12).

It is interesting to read that Tengku Razaleigh has described this Perak crisis as a comedy of errors and bad political judgment that reflects a failure of political leadership. Guess who is he referring to? But more weighty is his assessment: "Perhaps our political leadership has not understood how important it is that the people’s voice must prevail, and be seen to prevail, in the choice of their government" (Webpage http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/opinion/breaking-views/26259-the-courts-cannot-solve-perak-crisis-tengku-razaleigh-hamzah).

Arsenal played well, but it was Chelsea who took all their chances – and then won the game with a flattering 4-1 scoreline on a fateful May 10. What a gut-wrenching result! What an ill-starred disaster for the Gunners! Okay, the less said, the better.

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