Saturday, 18 June 2011

Ellias Zakaria a very big man now

Penang Islamic Religious Council President Ellias Zakaria must be a very big man now, if The Star's report of 18 June 2011 is anything to go by.

I quote below the relevant paragraph from The Star's report:

"Ellias said he was summoned to Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur, accompanied by Penang Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas, where the King ordered the setting up of an independent committee to find new procedures in appointing mosque committee members".

There you have it. An ordinary civil servant is being accompanied by a Yang Dipertua Negeri. Even the Chief Minister will have to accompany the Yang Dipertua Negeri not the other way round.

I wonder if this radical change in protocol is also being observed by other states in that the Yang Dipertuas Negeri / Sultans will have to accompany their Religious Council chiefs whenever an audience with the King is required.  

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