Immunity For Royalty?
Why do I get the feeling that this is a throwback to those awful pre-constitutional crisis period when Royalty, particularly kin of the ruling royalty, could get away with anything.
The story is out in M-Star online. Its editor Fathi Aris has it in his Patah Balek blog. Rocky's Bru too.
And Susan Loone's two-parter, "the prince, the lady and, the policeman" and "the prince, the lady and the policeman (2)".
We should already have been reading this story in the newspapers.
I'd think that any newspaper worth its salt should be following up on it.
Then I am remembering the directive issued to the mainstream media to not follow up on stories in the blogs.
I'd like to see if they follow this instruction to a T.
In a nutshell: A prince from a southern state beat up (oh yes) mistress for having an affair with a married policeman.
This is not really the story.
This is: Prince got the mistress' lover transferred, within 24 hours, to Sarawak to undertake "desk duties".
Mistress, a young lady, (20-something) attempted to lodge a police report in Johor but no one wanted to take down her report. She had to go all the way to Bukit Aman in Kuala Lumpur.
It seems threats had been made to her family.
Her 52 year-old father, fearing for his safety and that of his family, has lodged a police report in Johor Bahru.
Rocky came into possession of a copy of the police report. So did many others, apparently. You'd know the father's name as well as the young lady in question. (Read it in Rocky's posting.)
I remember, back in the early 80s, during the first constitutional crisis, how Dr Mahathir went around the country explaining to the people why there was a need to amend the constitution (regarding the Rulers' assent to Bills) and again in 1993, to remove the legal immunity from prosecution of all the rulers (in their personal capacity). The latter followed the Sultan of Johor's assault on a hockey coach and teacher, Douglas Gomez.
Dr M knew what he was up against. But he had the government, the party and the people behind him, with him all the way.
It was the people's victory.
This is a comment by The Scribe A Kadir Jasin, in Rocky's Bru:
When a coach of the Johor Youth Hockey Team was allegedly beaten up for sidelining a Johor prince in a tournament, the NST and The Malay Mail broke the story.
Others followed.That incident sparked off the 2nd constitutional crisis, which led to the amendment of the Constitution which took away the immunity of the Rulers and the members of the royal family except in the performance of their official duties.
Beating up people, cheating business partners and getting involved in pub brawls are not official duties surely.
Our brother Dato’ Syed Nazri was in the thick of it then.
I was the NSTSB group editor.
When I asked then PM, Tun Dr Mahathir, about our reporting, he said it was entirely up to us.
We took the risk and the people won.
We have to continue to defend that victory.It does not mean that when a PM is made a member of the royal family by being awarded Darjah Kerabat, he should side with the raja and neglect the rakyat.
This kind of incident, if not properly handled, will make mockery of the hadhari campaign, which is supposedly founded on civilization and civility.
Don’t you feel that our beloved Malaysia is slowly sinking into a state of lawlessness?
Please tell me that I am wrong!
A police report has been lodged. We should be expecting a police investigation to be underway. If the injured/aggrieved party/parties are denied the course and process of justice because of royal bullying and interference, then we may as well take a huge leap back into time.