Undated signed resignation letter by YB has become crucial in Perak PR government.
The question now is that whether the letter is legally binding or not although there is precedent where the court ruled that it is not binding?
I personally signed such undated resignation twice. The first occasion was at the height of the co-operative deposit crisis, where MCA under Tun Dr Ling, wanted all MCA YBs to sign the undated resignation letter. All MCA members must be prepared to resign as YB should the government refused to accept a dollar to a dollar formula as proposed by MCA then to resolve the deposit co-operative fiasco.
The MCA YBs didn’t exercise this right as the government accepted the proposal.
The 2nd letter I signed was when Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Ting become the President and all MCA wakil rakyats had to sign another undated resignation letter. This was in preparation for any event that requires the President to exercise this right.
Political party should discontinue this practice.
Since undated resignation letter can be challenged in court, political party have to devise another mechanism to compel its YB to toe the line.
In Malaysia, almost all BN candidates are holding some posts in the party. They should have been evaluated before being selected as candidate in General Election. There is no foolproof evaluation.
I have seen many good leaders who changed after becoming a YB. That may explain why most YBs do not last more than 2 terms.
Often, it was its own party members or the voters who reject them. Some YB becomes a different person when they are appointed to serve government posts, where there, they enjoyed more perks and trapping of power. This did get into the head of some YBs and they lost their bearing.
You just don’t believe your eyes that it is the same person you know before their appointment. No wonder when they face the voters, they are rejected.
Meanwhile, at this point of time, a PAS MP passed away because of heart attack. Another PR Kedah ADUN resigned as ADUN.
There will be soon another by-election, on in Perak and Kedah.
Politicians from both the political divide will be busy again and politicking will be in the air.