A veteran politician said to audie61,”If the President as so much as gives a directive to the Disciplinary board to take action against the Separatists 5 he is wrong. But if the issue of the “showcause letter” goes through the Supreme Council and is tabled and agreed upon, the President has used the constitution and powers within accordingly and is well sheltered from creating an unpleasant situation. It is not in his hands anymore.
IT’S IN THEIR HANDS.
The President will need to seek clarrification and advice from his think-tank to avoid any legal issues from surfacing and amongst the very first action is that they need to refer to article 16 Clause 35(h) where there is NECESSITY to table in the Supreme Council a special committee or Disciplinary Board to deal with this case on an ad hoc basis. Article 17 (f)of the said constitution permits the President to terminate the appointment of any one of all the appointed posts only.
Article 24 will come into play later where the composition,powers,procedures and decision will take into effect after the 5 member team has deliberated and put it up to be endorsed by a 2/3rd majority of votes of the Supreme Council present and attending.
A staunch SPDP supporter telephoned and said,”To me the President does not have a choice and he is being held hostage. He has to resolve this matter sooner rather than later or it will do the party no good in the eyes of Barisan National as we are one of the coalition partners. The party might be considered “weakened” if the 5 separatists leave but the Party as a whole will rise from the ashes to be a stronger as the ‘thorns” have been removed.
Mawan has been a gentleman no doubt he says but its time to throw the challenge down to them and tell them in so many words that they are not indispensable. There are so many young and upcoming professional party members to fill the vacuum.”
The President needs to take the bold step or else more dirty linen will be washed up in public and the party will be more or less targetted. BN will look after their own and the party needs to be strong enough to take herself up to another level.