Not likely on agenda

> Doubt­ful Con­fer­ence of Rulers will dis­cuss Cit­i­zens’ Dec­la­ra­tion, says Ku Nan

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PUTRAJAYA: Fed­eral Ter­ri­to­ries Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Tengku Ad­nan Tengku Man­sor said it is un­likely the Con­fer­ence of Rulers will dis­cuss mat­ters in­volv­ing the Cit­i­zens’ Dec­la­ra­tion as it could be deemed as in­ter­ven­ing with the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“Ear­lier, the Yang di-Per­tuan Agong had stated he will not in­ter­vene, de­spite former prime min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad hav­ing an au­di­ence with him in Alor Star.

“Let us not for­get that we follow the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion with a con­sti­tu­tional monar­chy and the Con­fer­ence of Rulers is aware of the law they have to abide by,” he said yes­ter­day.

Tengku Ad­nan was re­spond­ing to re­ports that Pokok Sena MP Mah­fuz Omar of PAS had on Sun­day urged the Rulers to ac­knowl­edge the dec­la­ra­tion.

The 242nd Con­fer­ence of Rulers will be held from to­day un­til Oct 14.

The an­nual con­fer­ence is be­ing held to select the next Yang di-Per­tuan Agong, as Sul­tan Ab­dul Halim Mu’adzam Shah’s fiveyear term would be end­ing soon.

Last week, Ma­hathir said his at­tempt to con­vince the Yang di-Per­tuan Agong to act on the dec­la­ra­tion had failed.

Ma­hathir, who is Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia chair­man, also said the dec­la­ra­tion had been screened and 500,000 sig­na­tures had been re­moved from it, leav­ing only 1.2 mil­lion sig­na­tures.

On an­other mat­ter, Tengku Ad­nan said Barisan Na­sional does not agree with 30% of the pro­posed re­de­lin­eation of elec­toral bound­aries by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion.

He said among the fac­tors were voter dis­tri­bu­tion that was too race-based, bound­aries that were way too far and polling cen­tres re­moved from par­lia­men­tary con­stituen­cies.

He cited the pro­posed re­de­lin­eation in Sabah, where 10 pro­posed new seats were rep­re­sented by cer­tain races.

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