Our sacred institution of democracy was horribly debased by the uninvited presence of scores of police and Special Branch officers WITHIN the Assembly hall. They were seen abusing and rough-handling elected representatives of the people right INSIDE the hall.
The Forced Removal of Speaker Sivakumar by the POLICE May 7, 2009, 2.45 pm
And the ultimate insult to the House and to our sense of decency, was the brutish removal of the House Speaker Sivakumar from the chair with the police and Special Branch officers literally dragging him out of the hall. In addition, several elected people's representatives were seen being manhandled to the ground by the police and the Special Branch officers.
The swearing-in and installation of "new" Speaker was a complete farce. Speaker Sivakumar was still on the chair when the deputy speaker, the former DAP turned BN-friendly independent, Hee Yit Foong, took upon herself to declare from the floor that she had just "removed" Sivakumar as the Speaker. Instead of Hee Yit Foong, being theDeputy Speaker, taking over the Speaker's role , the UMNO/BN ADUNs decided to install another Indian from MIC, R. Ganesan, to replace Sivakumar.
Not surprisingly on that cue, the police and the Special Branch together with the UMNO/BN ADUNs went up to Speaker's chair and physically dragged Sivakumar out of the Assembly Hall and then escorted R. Ganesan to the Speaker's table.
The Perak Assembly now has a "new" Speaker, R. Ganesan who in reality is an "un-elected" and a REJECTED politician. He was rejected by voters in the Sungkai constituency in the March 2008 general election. Yet despite R. Ganesan's rejection, UMNO/BN brought him to be made a Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
The situation in Perak has come to this: Two Speakers of the House and two Menteri Besars.
As far as Perakians and Malaysians in general are concerned, and under the constitution, Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin is still the rightful Menteri Besar. Perakians have NOT accepted, except for the Perak Palace and the UMNO-led Federal Government, Datuk Seri Zambry as the legitimate Menteri Besar of Perak.
Malaysians have long discounted any decision of the Malaysian Judiciary on the Perak Crisis. They have lost the trust and confidence in the Malaysian judiciary to adjudicate according to the constitution and law of the country. Decisions of the Federal Court, the highest court in the land, on the Perak Crisis were swallowed with several tablespoons of salt, with Malaysians ever mindful that the Chief Judge of Malaysia, Tan Sri Zaki Azmi, as loyal member of UMNO, has deep ties with UMNO, including holding several key positions eg Legal Advisor Committee Chairman in UMNO.
Read here and here and here and here and here what Malaysians generally think on the 7 May 2009 fiasco.
The question Malaysians are asking :
What Now?It is our view that firstly, Pakatan Rakyat ADUNs should NOT be seen to condone the actions of the UMNO/BN and the police in the Legislative Assembly. The presence of the police in the august hall is already bad enough, let alone engaged in physically dragging by force Speaker Sivakumar out of the hall. Undoubtedly, the Perak Legislative Assembly as a sacred institution of democracy was severely degraded by the presence of scores of the police and the Special Branch in the august hall itself.
Should it be business as usual for the Pakatan Rakyat ADUNs in the coming weeks and months?
Secondly, Sivakumar was unconstitutionally removed from the Hall and R. Ganesan was unconstitutionally installed as a "new" Speaker.
As such, we say, Pakatan Rakyat ADUNs should not give legitimacy to the Perak State Assembly as long as the "new" Speaker is chairing the proceedings.
We propose the following courses of action for the Pakatan Rakyat ADUNs:
- In the next sitting of the Assembly, Sivakumar should reclaim the chair of the Speaker of the House since he was removed unconstitutionally and by force. R Ganesan cannot be recognised constitutionally as having replaced Sivakumar who was duly apppointed under the constitution as the Speaker of the House.
- Failure to achieve that, ALL Pakatan Rakyat ADUNs should walk out en mass from the Assembly.
- ALL Pakatan Rakyat ADUNs should then on BOYCOTT all sittings of the Perak State Assembly.
- Each Pakatan Rakyat should return to their constituency to explain to the voters the reasons for their action not to sit in the State Assembly . There are other better ways to serve their constituencies, knowing full well a BN-led Government would not be helpful to Pakatan constituencies, as these recent turn of events have clearly shown.
We say, if UMNO/BN wants to rule Perak by stealth and by force, Pakatan Rakyat should NOT be seen as a party to it.
Malaysians had it enough and had tolerated once too often such arrogance use of power and use of force by UMNO/BN.
Malaysians and Perakians should be willing to pay whatever price for the Pakatan Rakyat's boycott of the Perak State Legislative Assembly, all in the name of democracy, common decency and for the sake of upholding the constitution of our beloved country.
Deputy Speaker Hee Yit Foong LIED When She Said She Did Not Use a Pepper Spray in the State Assembly on 7 May 2009
It IS a Pepper Spray
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Hee said that she pointed her hotel key-chain, not a pepper spray canister against Yew Tian Hoe (DAP-Aulong),
"It is just a key-chain. 'Hati mereka ada hantu' (They have a guilty conscience)," she said, adding that she is suffering body aches from the scuffles.
However, a clip taken during the assembly yesterday did show Hee pointing what appeared to be a pepper spray canister at Yew (see above)
Perak State Secretary Conspired with UMNO/BN for Chaos in State Assembly
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Ousted Perak Assembly Speaker V. Sivakumar accused the State Secretary of conspiring with the Barisan to cause his downfall during the proceedings that saw him being replaced by MIC’s Datuk R. Ganesan.
Sivakumar hurled criticism at:
- the switching off of his microphone;
- policemen and outsiders being allowed into the hall;
- various officials refusing his orders; and
- pressmen being restricted from covering the event.
“What is all this? This shows there was an agenda to unseat the Speaker. If this is not a conspiracy, I don’t know what is,” he told a press conference at Wisma DAP here yesterday.
Sivakumar issued a statement later, saying that he had lodged a police report about being assaulted.
He said a group of people who were without passes had roughed him up while he was seated in the Speaker’s chair, he said.
“Although I tried to warn them not to prevent me from carrying out my duties, the men choked and dragged me across the floor. I was forcefully brought outside the hall. After that, I was confined in a room nearby for more than an hour,” he said
Even the Sergeant-at-Arms was not spared as Sivakumar accused the man of practising double standards and refusing to obey his orders.
DATO’ NGEH KOO HAM
Senior Exco Member, Pakatan Rakyat Perak State Government
/DAP Perak Chairman
Dato’ Seri Zambry Bin Abdul Kadir and BN elected representatives break the oath of office by colluding with the police and outsiders to forcibly take over the State Assembly and therefore must resign
All elected representatives of the Perak State Assembly took the oath of office to defend the independence of the State Assembly and the Perak State Constitution when they were first sworn in as State Assemblymen and women of the Perak State Assembly.
The need to have the separation of powers between the legislature and the executive is fundamental to our democratic system.
No police or army can be allowed to enter the sacred house of the legislature. Zambry and BN elected representatives had allowed the police to take over the Perak State Assembly for the sake of retaining their power instead of going back to the people for a fresh mandate.
The people must be vigilant and demand for the resignation of Dato’ Seri Zambry Bin Abdul Kadir and the BN elected representatives less we become a police state very soon. The people must also demand that the State Assembly be dissolved so that the rights to chose the State Government be reverted back to the people to solve the present impasse.
The State Secretary Dato’ Dr Abdul Rahman Bin Hashim is also involved in the scheme to take over the State Assembly by force by allowing the police to enter the State Secretariat Building which house the State Assembly.
The take over of the State Assembly by force was clearly preplanned as the police personnel came from Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kedah, Kelantan and Kuantan.
The independence of the Perak State Assembly is totally lost when we allow the police, a Federal department to take control of the Assembly by force.