Aseri, only the Royal Succession Council has the authority to appoint
the Regent, not even the Sultan, according to the constitution.
Is this true?
Saturday March 27, 2010
Another twist to royal rumble
KOTA BARU: The Kelantan royalty crisis took another twist yesterday
with acting Sultan Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra ordering the removal of
his uncle Tengku Abdul Aziz Tengku Hamzah as chairman of the Kelantan
Royal Succession Council.
Tengku Abdul Aziz, who is the elder brother of Gua Musang MP Tengku
Razaleigh Hamzah, was involved in a botched effort to oust the acting
Sultan on Thursday.
Tengku Muhammad Faris has appointed Tengku Laksamana Kelantan Tengku
Abdul Halim ibni Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim as the new council chairman,
council secretary Datuk Aisery Alias said.
Aisery, who is also state secretary, told a press conference here
yesterday that Tengku Abdul Halim's appointment took effect from
Also present at the press conference were Kelantan Royal Palace
comptroller Datuk Abdul Halim Hamad and Deputy State Secretary Shafei
On Thursday, Tengku Abdul Aziz was declared the acting Sultan
replacing Tengku Muhammad Faris in an attempt to takeover the state's
The move, which was purportedly ordered by the Sultan of Kelantan
Sultan Ismail Petra, was announced by Datuk Wan Hashim Wan Daud who
claimed to be the Sultan's private secretary.
Wan Hashim claimed that the Sultan had ordered that Tengku Muhammad
Faris be stripped of his powers as the Regent for rescinding his order
to cancel the Sultan's birthday celebrations and investiture ceremony.
Following his announcement, Wan Hashim was arrested by the police at
his house in Kubang Kerian at 9pm on Thursday for inciting unrest.
At the press conference, Aisery and Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad
Yaakob also announced that the removal of Tengku Muhammad Faris was
illegal as it was not sanctioned by the state Royal Succession
They said the announcement by Wan Hashim was constitutionally illegal
and that Tengku Muhammad Faris, who was appointed on May 29 last year,
was the legitimate acting Sultan.
Under the Kelantan Constitution, a removal of a duly appointed acting
Sultan can only be done with the consent of at least two-thirds of the
council's 17 members.
Tengku Abdul Aziz, they said, did not convene a meeting of the council
before the announcement was made.