"...extraordinary apes with extraordinary ability..." - the Lost Translator
It took just 10 minutes for the judgement to be read out and as reported by The Nut Graph, they are:
- "the granting or withholding of consent to a request for dissolution of the legislative assembly was a royal prerogative;
- the facts of the cased showed that Nizar's request for dissolution fell under Article 16(6) and not Article 36(2) of the Perak Constitution;
- that under Article 16(6), Nizar had to tender his resignation together with that of his executive councillors after the sultan withheld consent to his request for dissolution;
- that there was no mandatory or express provision in the state constitution for a motion of no confidence to be tabled in the legislative assembly against Nizar, who had ceased to command the confidence of the majority;
- the fact that Nizar had lost the majority's confidence could be obtained or established by alternative means, and that the sultan was right in making enquiries on whether he had lost the majority before rejecting his request for a dissolution of the legislative assembly;
- that because Nizar had ceased to command the majority's confidence, the sultan was right under Article 16(2) in appointing Zambry as MB after being satisfied that Zambry commanded the confidence of the majority; and,
- that the High Court judge had erred and failed to appreciate all the evidence before him in making a decision.
As the Judges, (3 not 5 as pleaded), were absolutely in complete agreement, only one needed to read out the others duplicate thoughts.
Malaysians who disagree are quiet for the time being, perhaps letting it all sink in. One of the most significant effects today, perhaps, despite the disbelief and lack of trust in the manner the case was disposed, is the implication of the Sultan's newly acquired power to dismiss the the Menteri Besar. It may not stop at that. The random implication is that the PM may be so dismissed by the Agong. Who knows?
No doubt, there will be an appeal at the Federal Courts, unless something constructive turn up between now and Wednessday.