Here is The Star :
- SEREMBAN: DAP tried to entice son of current Negri ruler to contest general election, offering him the MB post" Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim claimed.
- Anthony Loke spoken to him on the matter twice
- “Loke came up to me and asked me to approach Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin
- “He asked me to organise a dinner but the prince declined offer,”
- Loke asked him to speak to the prince for a second time
- Loke said “matter discussed in private and should have remained in private”.
Oh well its no big deal really. From time to time the DAP does go out and try to recruit high profile but simple minded Malays to serve as wallpaper. Once co-opted these Malays are shoved somewhere in the corner to fill the DAP's bumi quota.
The only exceptions to this rule are the Chinese Malays. By hook or by crook, the Chinese Malays get booted up. The recent case seems to be more by crook than by hook.
Anyway this news from Negeri Sembilan comes as a bit of a shocker because to the understanding of the Bloggers (that I know) the DAP was slated to field Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah's right hand man Aspan Alias (who joined the DAP last year) as their candidate for Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan. Why did the DAP decide to recruit a prince instead? What then becomes of poor Aspan Alias? Here is a picture of Aspan.
I have met Aspan and no matter what his politics are Aspan Alias is a gentleman par excellence. Salam bro. He is also not a 'simple Malay' at all. Aspan thinks pretty well and has new ideas in his head.
Maybe that is why the DAP has decided to give Aspan the pass - he may become too clever and unwieldy to handle. He may start using his own mind and not listen to the DAP.
This is the same reason why the DAP could not get along with Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim. From annointing him a 'Towering Malay' they suddenly began to criticise and mock him. They couldnt handle the fact that their 'Towering Malay' had a mind of his own and that he would even refuse an RM50,000 stipend (which many called a bribe) which was offered to Tunku Aziz if he remained in the DAP.
The DAP possibly still has in mind the Stamford Raffles way of dealing with the Malay royals. Here is the Wikipedia :
"Upon learning of these Johor political tensions, Raffles made a deal with Hussein Shah. Their agreement stated that the British would acknowledge Hussein Shah as the legitimate ruler of Johor, and thus Tengku Hussein and the Temenggung would receive a yearly stipend from the British. In return, Tengku Hussein would allow Raffles to establish a trading post in Singapore. This treaty was ratified on 6 February 1819"
Obviously the DAP is looking to strike these type of simple deals. Hence the nocturnal assignment given to Anthony Loke.
The DAP may also have a larger motive against the entire institution of the constitutional monarchy in this country. The monarchy (aka the Malay royals) are above politics and should remain so.
According to our Constitutional demarcation, the royal houses are given a stipend from the public purse (irrespective of whether they need it or not). They also enjoy other privileges from their State legislatures over which they still have considerable influence. Their rights cannot be questioned and is protected among other things by the Sedition Act.
The Sedition Act has recently been abolished but it will be replaced by another act which will most likely provide the same protection for the sovereign royals - those royals who can become Rulers. The idea is to preserve the aura of sacrosanctness which the Malays still have for the royals. The royals still occupy the core of Malay tradition. The Malay identity still rests with the institution of the Malay royalty.
It is a convention thus far that our sovereign royals will stay out of the fray of partisan politics. In the rough and tough, rumble and tumble of the political arena, lines can get crossed which can dent the cover provided by the Sedition Act. The reality of being red blooded may get exposed. If the sovereign royals get involved in politics with the commoners they risk losing the aura of sacrosanctness. If the aura is breached it could elicit a different mindset.
The DAP's ostensible inability to appreciate such subtleties may be due either to their New Village ignorance or a more deliberate callousness to provoke the issue.