Updates: 7.15pm Police has recorded a statement from Karpal Singh over reports made against him for allegedly making seditious remarks. Click
At least nine police reports have been lodged against DAP chairman Karpal Singh for allegedly questioning the powers of the Sultan of Perak. The veteran politician has argued, saying it was a purely legal issue and he had not questioned the prerogative of the Sultan. But the talk is that more police reports would be lodged and protest gatherings held. There could possibly be a royal rebuke, too, of some sort next week. PM has already pushed the case further with a call to the Attorney-General to speed up the investigations.
With the police busy taking down the statements of politicians and reporters over the case, we can expect some kind of a decision next week.
But the biggest test would be how the DAP MP's Pakatan partners would react to his position, particularly the position of the Malays. PAS and PKR leaders have either remained silent or reacted cautiously over the issue, mindful of the fact that some Malays have claimed that Karpal Singh has gone too far. But Penang exco member Abdul Malik Abul Kassim has come out to dismiss the protest by some Malay groups, saying they are petty and not representative of the community. Anwar Ibrahim has also come out strongly against the use of Malay issues. But a storm seems to be gathering and it is possible that the AG may decide on Karpal Singh's case, as early as next week.