Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy. This means that the Agong (the King) is a constitutional monarch. So are the Sultans who are the constitutional rulers of of the states.
Their roles and functions are mostly ceremonial, except where Islam and its administration are concerned.
They are above politics or are supposed to be.
By and large, this has been so.
But what happened in Perak recently where the Pakatan state government came to a premature and unceremonial end and what is happening in Selangor now following the appointment of Datuk Mohd Khusrin Munawi by the chief secretary to the government to be the new state secretary of Selangor, clearly against the wish of the Selangor state government itself, has given rise in the minds of the people, rightly or wrongly, the question as to whether some parties are trying to use the palace for their own purposes.
This is rather unfortunate, as the rakyat have always looked to the rulers as their protectors.
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