Zakaria can't escape date with sultan
by Terence Fernandez
PETALING JAYA: "I can wait. No matter how long it takes, he still has to show up!"
This is the Sultan of Selangor's sentiment following the snub by Port Klang assemblyman Datuk Zainal @ Zakaria Mat Deros.
Palace sources, quoting Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah's stand, said as far as the ruler is concerned, Zakaria will not be able to escape a royal ticking-off.
"The summons still stands. The onus is now on Zakaria to show up and explain himself to His Highness," said one source yesterday.
Zakaria, who has been in the news for a litany of wrongdoing this past month, was summoned to Istana Mestika on Monday to explain the negative reports. The letter which was delivered by the Klang OCPD on Friday, stated that Zakaria must be present at the Istana at noon .
However, he did not show up, instead checking himself into hospital on Sunday and discharging himself the following afternoon.
The source added that at the end of the day, Zakaria is answerable to the rakyat and to the Sultan, as the guardian of the people.
"We will wait till after Hari Raya. Let him enjoy his raya and spend the festive season in Malacca where he is. After Hari Raya, he will have to show up," said the source, adding that Zakaria must get in touch with the palace to offer a new date and time which is agreeable to the Sultan.
"Tuanku is very concerned about what's going on in Klang and His Highness wants an explanation," said the source, adding that Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo will also be questioned.
Zakaria has been in the news since theSun front-paged the illegal construction of his fourstorey mansion among low-cost homes in Kampung Idaman earlier this month.
Following this expose, it also came to light that Zakaria did not pay assessment for his present home for 12 years.
However, Utusan Malaysia reported that the Sultan was furious and will not meet him anymore:
So, which is which?
The only thing I know that in ancient times (and some modern countries), making a Sultan furious would result in one's head chopped off.
In case you are wondering how this 'sick Klang Sultan' (for having a palace) was celebrating his Raya, he was frolicking on a Malaccan beach.
To refresh your memory, here's the story on him so far:
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Just imagine this- normal kecik mayung councillors could have 'palaces' and mountain heaps of money, what about ministers and of course, the Pee Emm?