Perak Menteri Besar Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin said that he was still the head of the state government until :
- the state assembly was dissolved by the sultan, or
- the BN call for a vote of no confidence against him to force him to step down.
Mohd Nizar said that the Pakatan government would continue to function normally until the sultan decides on a request to dissolve the state assembly.
Based on the Perak constitution, Mohd Nizar said Pakatan was still the legitimate government unless the state assembly sits to pass a motion of no-confidence or if the coalition government resigns.
Mohd Nizar also chided Najib for trying to take over the Perak government through unconstitutional means.
Mohd Nizar said,
"Under what condition and under what law is the Barisan Nasional deputy chief referring to? Whatever that you want to do, (it) has to be based on the Perak constitution.He is just trying to scare people... he wants to do things that is not respecting the Perak constitution."Former DAP Hee Yit Foong's Jelapang's Seat Declared Vacant
Perak state assembly speaker V Sivakumar said that he had received Hee's resignation letter this morning. He said that he had informed the state Election Commission about the vacancy for the Jelapang seat so that a by-election can be held within 60 days.
Exco member Ngeh Koo Ham criticised the media for claiming that the Pakatan government had collapsed.
"The government stays. We will wait for (the sultan to decide on) dissolution (of the state assembly)," he said.
Should the sultan withhold consent, a special sitting in the state assembly must be convened in order to pass a motion of no-confidence, said Ngeh.
He said that the state assembly was the most neutral place to evaluate the allegiance of the four former Pakatan state representatives which Najib claimed had left Pakatan.