By Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) offers thanks to His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong XVI Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah on the firm statement issued by Istana Negara regarding the violation of the provisions of the Law, the Federal Constitution and the Institutions of the Palace by the Perikatan Nasional government in handling the Emergency Ordinance.

ABIM believes this statement by Istana Negara clearly asserts that the government led by Tan Sri Mahiaddin Yassin ignores the principles of parliamentary democracy and does not respect the Constitutional Monarchy system.

At the same time, ABIM stresses that all members of the Cabinet should be held accountable for the violation of the principles of Constitutional Monarchy and Parliamentary Democracy.

This is in line with Article 43 (3) of the Federal Constitution which lays down the principle of collective responsibility where all members of the Cabinet must be jointly responsible for all decisions and actions made by the Prime Minister as Head of Government, especially to Parliament.

According to the doctrine of Ministerial Responsibility, there are several principles of "Duty to act with unanimity" which means that all members of the Cabinet act as one voice to the public, Parliament and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Thus, ABIM stresses that the government's action insults the institution of the Palace, the Dewan Rakyat, and all Malaysians who uphold the principles of the Rukunegara, is the collective responsibility of all members of the Cabinet.

Therefore, in addition to strongly calling for the Prime Minister to step down with honor and dignity, ABIM urges all members of the Cabinet to take responsibility for violations of the principles of the Federal Constitution, openly apologize to the people and re-establish the principles of Parliamentary Democracy and Constitutional Monarchy, especially with regards to the Emergency Ordinance.