Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2009 09:49:21 +0800
Below are a mixture of what is claimed as fact plus conjecture.
Here's a dramatic twist to the Perak Conundrum…
HRH SULTAN AZLAN SHAH DID NOT HAVE A CHOICE – IT WAS EITHER ACCEPT NAJIB OR LOSE THE THRONE OF PERAK IN A FEW MONTHS.
There was controversy when Azlan was elected as Raja Muda (Crown Regent) because his mother is a commoner and was therefore considered an outsider.(FACT) In fact it is believed that he lived outside the royal community when he was growing up.
It is now understood that hrh Sultan Azlan Shah was put to the throne by Mahathir since there were claims for the throne of Perak from the descendants of Sultan Idris, uncle of Sultan Azlan. Azlan is in other words not fully of royal blood since his mother was but a mere commoner.(FACT)
Further his wife, mother to Raja Nazrin, is a well known commoner (a former teacher at the Raja Perempuan School, Ipoh) and so by being half diluted by commoner's blood himself, his son Raja Nazrin is three-quarters diluted again.
The fact we're facing now is that Nazrin faces the risk of not being able to ascend to the state throne. (FACT) The inside story is that Najib held a gun (figuratively speaking, that is) to hrh Sultan Azlan Shah's head, saying, "either you follow what I say or I swear on the Quran that Raja Nazrin will never be the next monarch."
There is also the case of the recent murder of the princess that will likely implicate the royal household not to mention the sales of the datukship titles. Let us be clear that the Sultan had no choice – he was indeed blackmailed.
There was controversy when Azlan was made sultan and now if he chooses Pakatan's call for dissolution, his son Nazrin, will be the sacrificial lamb, facing the humiliation of losing the throne altogether. It will then be said that Nazrin is not 'Keramat' pure royal blood. And don't forget that UMNO is already incensed with Nazrin whom they widely regard as a 'big mouth' for talking about justice and the rule of law.
We understand that all these had come from within the palace grounds.