The Chief Minister in the state of Perak,Nizar Jamaludin, denied the existence of the Pangkor II Treaty.
The Treaty Of Pangkor was signed in 1816 between the then Sultan of Perak and The British Colonial Administrators. The gist of this Treaty was that the British recognised that Raja Ismail as the rightful ruler of the state of Perak in exchange for permision to trade and mine the mineral tin. The British will also pay taxes to Raja Ismail, on the tin brought out of the country.
Also in contention for the throne of the state of Perak then was relative of Raja Ismail.
The treaty was named after Pangkor Island, a very beautiful island of the coast of Perak. Now, it is the site of a world-class Resort.
The present Chief Minister who represented the Islamic Party Of Malaysia or PAS is bound by understandings they entered into on the eve of the twelfth General Election which took place on 8th March 2008.
Nizar, is still in a fix because the President of his party and their top generals have announced that they [PAS} will rule according to the Syaria Law. This announcement was condemned by the Democratic Action Party, a member of the Opposition Coalition, who promised a secular Malaysia. All the top leaders of DAP dismissed the idea of an Islamic nation for Malaysia.
During the recent protest rally, held at the Bukit Jalil Stadium, organised by Non-Governmental Organisation and the Opposition parties, a rock band created a ruckus when their singer, Alak, pulled down his boxer short to expose his buttock.
Without waiting for him to end his song, the organisers whisked him away when members of the Islamic Party threw everything at him and his band.
The next day the President of PAS, Hadi Awang, condemned the rally and announced it as a failure. This announcement immediately put the coalition in denial mood. Some even started questioning their so-called pact.
All this while the Chief Ministerof Perak,Nizar Jamaludin, kept silent and refused to toe his paty’s line.
The last General Election put the Opposition in bright light since they won five of the eleven states in the Peninsular.
The purported agreement between Nizar and Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang, is said to ensure that he did not declare the rule of the Syaria Law in the state of Perak. Declaring so would put the population of Perak in rage.
The Opposition Coalition in Perak have 31 members in the state’s Legislative Council as compared to 29 of the National Front Coalition. This is a frail majority taking into account that party cross-overs are quite familiar in Malaysia.