Dr Mahathir no stranger to royal tussles

Bede Hong

Pakatan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad passing his microphone during a forum in Bandar Baru Bangi in Selangor on December 9. The former prime minister has a history of tussling with the Malay rulers and curbing their powers. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, December 14, 2017.

DR Mahathir Mohamad’s unprecedented move to return royal awards to the Selangor royal house is not the former prime minister’s first brush with royalty.

The combative politician first sparred with the rulers in 1993 when the government did away with the royalty’s immunity over civil and criminal prosecution.

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  • Mahathir may have cut off the legs of the Royals BUT he instead he created and let loose the monster that is the prodigal executive. Fact there is no easy choice in balancing power for Malays because of they had weak institutions of governance and mediocre executives. Royalties and Religion was suppose to their balance but have all failed them..

    Posted 4 years ago by Bigjoe Lam

  • The Malays should have retained at least ONE strong independent colonial institutions as balance against their other weak institutions. But pride got in the way and now they pay, we all pay..Sooner or later, they and we cannot pay..

    Posted 4 years ago by Bigjoe Lam