Saturday 7 March 2009

Perak Crisis: Will He or Will He Not?

Read here article in Malaysia-Today

Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin is seeking an audience with the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah.

The palace had been notified of Nizar’s hope to meet with the Sultan.

Former Perak executive council member Nga Kor Ming said,

"We appeal from the bottom of our hearts for the sake of the people of Perak, that his Royal Highness grants us audience as soon as possible.

It is the wish of the people that the state assembly be dissolved so that power is returned to them.

With greatest respect to the Ruler, we hope we are granted an audience”.

Nga said that in all Commonwealth countries, any motion passed in the state legislative assembly or Parliament had to be adopted and complied with.

The audience with the sultan is to present the Ruler with the three motions passed during Tuesday’s emergency sitting.

The motions were:

  1. An affirmation of the assembly’s confidence in Nizar as the rightful mentri besar;

  2. Appeal for Royal consent to dissolve the state assembly; and

  3. Adoption of the decision to suspend current Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and his six exco members.
Nga also quashed questions on the legality of the motions passed, in view of the court order restraining Speaker V. Sivakumar from holding any unlawful meetings purporting to be state assembly meetings.

“It was only an ex-parte order, made on an ex-parte application. The order merely restrains Sivakumar from convening ‘unlawful’ meetings, meaning that ‘lawful’ meetings are not affected.

The motions passed therefore remain unaffected and should be enforced, for there was no court order declaring otherwise.

We had the quorum, we adjourned to a lawful place under the ‘yellow flame tree’ and we had a legal Speaker.

The order, granted by the Ipoh High Court on Tuesday and served to Sivakumar on Wednesday, also did NOT declare illegal the proceedings passed during the emergency sitting.

We do not need a court order to tell us that unlawful meetings are not allowed.”
Nga said that to honour the resolutions, Dr Zambry should “call it a day” and resign from his post for he no longer commanded the majority support of the House.

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