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.