Rightly or wrongly, history will judge the former Lord President's decision on the current crisis.
As Kabilan wrote in Malaysiakini today, the sultan seemed to have forgotten his own convictions in such matters.
Flashback to 2004 – in his book, Constitutional Monarchy, Rule of Law and Good Governance, the sultan wrote:
"Under normal circumstances, it is taken for granted that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong would not withhold his consent to a request for dissolution of parliament. His role is purely formal."
He also added that no sultan or agung had withheld consent to dissolve legislative body, except in Kelantan in 1977.
With his decision now, it looks like what he wrote was just rhetoric... without any convictions.
The decision of the sultan to deny Mohd Nizar’s request for the dissolution also indicated that the sultan had seemingly subjected himself to a higher political power play.
And coming in his 25th year as the state ruler – celebrations were held on Tuesday – the decision by the sultan in handing over powers to the BN government without his subjects having any say is very disappointing to say the least.
To put in bluntly, the decision of the sultan – who is the custodian of the people, their protector and someone who is supposed to act for the people – had just killed any semblance of democracy in Perak.