Dr Boo said DAP will respect the state's constitution in the Mentri Besar's issue
KUALA LUMPUR: Johor DAP said the party and its Pakatan Rakyat partners will have to accept the reality that only a Malay Muslim will be appointed as the Mentri Besar.
However, its chief Dr Boo Cheng Hau said ultimately it is within the Sultan's prerogative to appoint anyone as the Mentri Besar regardless of race or religion.
His comments came about following a news report that MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek had challenged Dr Boo to publicly declare his intentions of getting a non-Malay and non-Muslim to be the Johor Mentri Besar if Pakatan wrest the state from Barisan Nasional.
Dr Boo said: “When I made the statement, what I meant was that it is within the prerogative of the Johor Sultan to appoint anyone whom he deems fit to be the Mentri Besar.”
The state assemblyman from Skudai said Dr Chua should stop questioning the Sultan’s right in appointing anyone to be the Mentri Besar and to stop instigating racial tension by asking Dr Boo to publicly declare his stand on the issue
Speaking toThe Mole, Dr Boo said the party will not jeopardise the state’s constitutional frameworks in the pursuit of the Mentri Besar’s position.
In his recent blog post, Dr Boo wrote: “Chua Soi Lek himself should stop questioning the Malay Rulers' prerogative in appointing Menteri Besars and (he should) consult a constitutional law expert on the issue.”
Commenting further on his blog post Dr Boo said: “I do not understand what Dr Chua wants. Initially he said Pas will have to follow DAP’s order in Johor just to instil fear among the Muslims. Now he asks DAP to declare whether we will get a non-Muslim and non-Malay as the Mentri Besar.”
“His statement is definitely intended to disrupt Pakatan Rakyat’s campaign in Johor.”
“To us in DAP, race is not an issue. Look at what happened in Perak (2008), we respect the Sultan’s decision in appointing Datuk Seri Nizar (Jamaluddin) as the Mentri Besar. It should not be any different in Johor if Pakatan wins the next general election.”
Asked whether DAP will field a Malay and Muslim candidate to ensure the party secures the head of state’s post, Dr Boo said the party will not do it, preferring to field a capable candidate instead regardless of race.