Former DAP vice-chairman Tunku Aziz also advises Pakatan Rakyat to announce its shadow cabinet before going to polls.
KUALA LUMPUR: While the federal constitution does not bar a non-Malay from becoming a prime minister, existing conventions, customs and the country’s administration will not allow it to happen for now, said former DAP party vice chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim.
Citing an example, he said the prime minister is duty bound to be present by the King, who is traditionally a Muslim, during official functions.
“Let’s say the King goes to a mosque for prayer, he will expect his prime minister to be present there (to pray) as well. So a non-Muslim prime minister may not be able to fulfill all his duties as the King’s first minister,” said Tunku.
However, the Kedah royalty did not discount the possibility of Malaysia having its non-Malay prime minister in the future.
“Certainly (it could happen but), it will not happen in my lifetime. A lot of emotions are involved as we have to thread many things,” Tunku Aziz said.
Last week, Bernama reported DAP chairman Karpal Singh as saying that a non-Malay could become the country’s prime minister and that he would continue to fight for it as there was no law against it.
But PAS spiritual leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat countered by saying that the prime minister of Malaysia must be a Muslim, although he could be a non-Malay.
Training his guns at Pakatan Rakyat, Tunku Aziz said that the opposition pact should announce its shadow cabinet before heading towards the general election.
“They can’t even even agree on a shadow cabinet till now. Pakatan needs to get its act together,” said Tunku Aziz.
He added that the nation could ill afford to wait for Pakatan to decide on its government leadership, if they win the next federal polls.
He said irrespective of who wins, the government machinery would continue to run.
“If they end up quarreling over posts after the general election, what’s going to happen to the country?” he asked.
Tunku Aziz quit the DAP after having a fall out over his outburst in regards to the Bersih rally on April 28.