by Ganesh Sahathevan
Malay Mail file picture of Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari shaking
hands with Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Melaka Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob in
Melaka May 11, 2018. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
The Malay Mail has reported:
Melaka’s governor Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob has denied today former chief minister Adly Zahari’s request for the state assembly to be dissolved to pave way for a state snap election.
In a statement by state government’s secretary, the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Melaka said he has received a representation from a group of assemblymen stating that Adly no longer commands the majority of the state legislative assembly.
“Therefore, based on Article 7(4) of the Melaka state constitution, the chief minister must resign,” Datuk Seri Hasim Hasan said in the statement.
In fact Article 7(4) like other state constitutions Article 7(4) provides for the Chief Minister to advice (not propose) that parliament be dissolved and election called. Not even a monarch, let alone a state governor, has the power to refuse that advice and decide who ought to be chief minister.
There is now trend of state governors taking an active role in politics. If they wish to do so they ought to to resign and seek public office.