Shrewed Najib, now he is saying that it was the Perak Sultan's decision to install the new BN government in the silver state. A number of top UMNO leaders such as Rafidah Aziz, Muhyiddin Yassin, and Dr Mahathir Mohamad have crititicized the PR leaders for going against the Sultan's order to vacate the state government.
Dr M said, “Ethically, it is not good, but lawfully, nothing can obstruct a person from suing (the Sultan).” I have said earlier what is legal may not be democratic or moral. I believe Dr M's advice should be shared by all, including the Perak Royalty.
We are begining to see something more serious than a mess created out of the unconstitutional dismissal of the democratically elected PR government of Perak. Numerous groups, associated with UMNO, are trying to push the responsibility to the Perak Royalty and pledging their support for the monarch. This is a classic art of diversion.
It is fair to say that the main fault lies in UMNO and its practice of corrupt politics. This is a fact acknowledged by its own top leaders including Dr M. The fact that ex-DAP Hee might be given an exco seat is a clear evidence of corruption. She was earlier not happy because she was not made an exco by the PR government.
Perak Sultan should not be the main focus of the protestors anger and brunt. His Royal Highness acted in accordance to his interpretation of the constitution. Since the constitution is the highest law of the country, not Dr M or any individual, it is not unethical or wrong to challenge the decision at the highest court. If it is unethical, Dr M would have long been banished under the ISA for taking away the immunity enjoyed by the royalty. Instead, his action was lauded and helped to ensure no one is above the law.
Hence, Umno Youth's planned rally to support the constitutional monarchy is hypocritical. This action was decided when it was obvious that only UMNO is going to benefit from this rally.
Moreover, Perak Youth Council wants action under the Internal Security Act (ISA) be taken against DAP chairman Karpal Singh for allegedly jeopardising the country’s security.
Malaysian Insider has warned that any attempt to paint the PR as anti-Malay and anti-royalty could "...inject an element of race into an already polarised political climate."
UMNO is trying to divert the attention away from its unscrupulous and undemocratic political coup in Perak. It is obvious that the party is not sincere in defending the Perak Royalty but saw this as an opportunity to divert the blame to the monarch.
Many Malays still love their sultans. This feudal relationship is ingrained in their social culture. As such, UMNO is again playing with communal fire.