People should stop questioning the eligibility of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the candidate for the by-election here, says PKR strategic communications chief Fahmi Fadzil.
He said the decision had been made by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to grant Anwar a full pardon. "The Prison Department official declared that he (Anwar) had been given a full pardon by the King, and that he has no criminal record..,,,ahmi reiterated that these parties should not dispute the royal decree of the King and his rights under the Constitution to grant a pardon. "Unless they want to sembah derhaka (be disloyal)," he said..
The King can pardon Anwar,but the Government and civil service are required by law to ignore the King.
by Ganesh Sahathevan
Tuanku Agong has power to do anything , that is true.However, His Majesty's powers are fettered and he has not the power to quash any conviction or expunge a criminal record. The Malaysian Constitution does not provide for it.There is no explicit reference to the relevant legislation, in substance or form.
That is not to say that His Majesty's decree is worthless. His Majesty is the monarch, and he can grant anyone ,anything.In this case His Majesty has granted bragging rights to one man.Unfortunately it has national consequences.