Daulat Tuanku, can we have a video conference to clear air over Emergency ordinances?

I wish the rakyat could have a video conference with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

After all, there have been video conferences between several prominent individuals and Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah in recent days.

Yes, meetings and discussions continue with the palace regarding the Emergency ordinances – something Twentytwo13 first revealed over the weekend.

The government remains silent on whether the Agong had indeed consented to the Emergency ordinances being revoked on July 21 – a revelation that was only made on the first day of the special sitting in Dewan Rakyat on Monday. Needless to say, that revelation caught the nation off guard.

This administration has steadfastly refused to say unequivocally if the Agong had indeed consented to the revocation of all six Emergency ordinances. Yesterday, de facto Law Minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said he would answer these questions next Monday.

Even opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim weighed in, when he said in Parliament yesterday, that: “Judging by the way the minister (Takiyuddin) answered, I’m 100 per cent certain there has not been consent from the Agong (to revoke the Emergency ordinances).”

If indeed true, the ramifications are enormous.

If the rakyat could speak to the Agong, here are some of the questions that would be asked:

1. Tuanku, did you sign off and consented to the Emergency ordinances being revoked on July 21?

2. If yes, why wasn’t there an announcement regarding the decision?

3. Shouldn’t such a major decision be made public to address possible legal issues and to reassure investors?

4. If the government didn’t get Tuanku’s consent then, are they now asking for you to backdate it?

5. Do you think it is right for the government to make the rakyat wait until next week to get an answer on whether you had signed off on the revocation of the ordinances?

6. Will Istana Negara be forced, yet again, to step in and clear the air before next Monday’s special sitting in Dewan Rakyat?

7. Tuanku, how do you feel about being put in such a situation by this government, when it was you who had repeatedly decreed for Parliament to open (three times to be exact), and for matters regarding the ordinances to be debated, in the best interests of the rakyat?

8. Tuanku, don’t you feel that this mess would tarnish your image, and that of the royal institution?

We would end the video conference by saying: “Daulat Tuanku!”