The Perak political drama is perplexing in many ways. It also gives rise to two issues- one moral and the other legal.
Legally, it involves constitutional issues and if not properly handled, it may give rise to a constitutional crisis in the State. It appears that PR and already seen the Sultan and BN will be doing soon. It will be the Sultan who will then decide whether to dissolve the Assembly or allow BN to form the government. Until such dissolution or forming of the new government by BN, the current PR government i still valid.
On the moral side, there is the issue of unprincipled politicians who go before the Rakyat on one party and then defect to another platform. It may be very possible that such leaders may be completely rejected by the Rakyat should they seek a re-election from the Rakyat. This has to be tested.
Shad Faruqi opines that “Party-hopping is a despicable activity no matter which party does it. Not only does it bring shame to the political process, it is also a bad way to form a government,” he added. You can read it here.
What are your views? Can a politician do whatever he wants once he is voted in by the Rakyat or is his mandate cancelled once he party hops without going back to the voters to get their views?
And this is Tun Dr Mahathir's take on Perak:
"Apakah UMNO begitu terdesak sehingga tidak dapat tunggu keputusan mahkamah berkenaan tuduhan terhadap mereka sebelum menerima mereka? Jika diterima sekarang dan kemudian mereka didapati tidak bersalah maka Kerajaan pimpinan UMNO (lebih kurang) akan dituduh mempengaruhi mahkamah. Benar tidak benar bukan soalnya. Pada pandangan masyarakat tuduhan ini tetap akan dipercayai. Ia akan punyai kesan dalam PRU13".