The J-Star and its fellow travellers are loudly applauding the Johor sultan for His Royal Highness’ prompt intervention and instruction to the state exco on matters of legislation (or council guidelines) pertaining to religious discrimination, and specifically with regard to the case of a ‘Muslims Only’ laundromat in Muar.
J–Star readers heaped praise on the sultan who was reported this morning by the paper’s CEO Wong Chun Wai as saying:
“From now on, I am directing the state executive council and all the councils to insist that any business owners who carry out such blatant discriminatory practices should have their licences revoked. Don’t mess around with your narrow-minded religious prejudices.”
(Secularism – which the DAP professes – is the separation of Church/religion and state.)
Likewise, Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy that is premised on the separation of powers. Our distinct arms of governmment are the executive, legislature and judiciary.
State excos are Aduns and therefore members of the legislative branch. Aduns make or amend laws in the DUN (state legislative assembly). Their powers are separate from that of the executive and the judiciary.
Netizens are today applauding and praising the Johor Sultan who, as reported by Chun Wai, has said he is “directing the state executive council and all the councils” to revoke the licences of Johor businesses that continue to religiously discriminate.
These netizens singing HRH’s praises appear to support royal intervention in, or instruction to, municipal councils whose role it is to grant and renew permits. Here it seems that Malaysians who are the J-Star audience support for our monarchy to be personally the final arbiter even in the matter of nitty-gritty council operations.