Lagu dan Irama. Malay Rulers and Mahathir Mohamad are inseparable. If you want to be taken seriously when discussing serious stuff about the Royalty, you will have to touch on Dr Mahathir Mohamad's contributions. Similarly, when one discusses Dr M's failures and successes, one can't possibly ignore what the Statesman has done to, or rather for, the Rulers.
Tun MahathirDr Mahathir was the Prime Minister responsible in changing not only the way Malaysia's modern day kings, princes and their relatives behave but also in helping the Malays overcome their ancient "fear" of their Raja2. Some would argue that his response to the Gomez incident, which led to the amendments to the Constitution and the Raja-Raja's loss of immunity, was Tun Mahathir's greatest achievement as Prime Minister of this country.
Which is why I am looking forward to getting a copy of Syed Husin Ali's (highly-acclaimed, at least by Anwar Ibrahim, h e r e,) book today. I am not the greatest fan of Syed Husin's but I appreciate his writings (although I think he should sack whoever runs his Twitter account because his tweets are often embarrassingly silly - 140 words are not for everybody).
Read also:Offhand, I can't recall what his actual stand was during the Gomez or the Diablo incidents, but when PKR was making promises about returning Royalty immunity in 2008, Syed Husin coud not say much. This book, perhaps, will make him audible once again.
1993 amendments to the Constitution of Malaysia
The Malay Rulers' loss of Immunity
PKR's plan for the Monarch