Monday 11 May 2009

Perak Crisis: What the KL High Court Ruling Means ....

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Kuala Lumpur High Court Justice Abdul Aziz Abd Rahim proclaimed Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as the rightful Perak menteri besar.

"He is, and was, AT ALL material times the Chief Minister of Perak," Justice Abdul Aziz told the court.

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Now, the Court Ruling today MEANS:

  1. the Assembly sitting under the tree was VALID.

  2. the Speaker’s suspensions of pseudo-MB Pangkor Pele (Datuk Zambry) and his pseudo-exco members, which were affirmed by the sitting under the tree, were VALID.

  3. Sivakumar was RIGHT in telling the suspended assemblymen to leave the assembly during the May 7 sitting.

  4. the actions of pseudo-MB Pangkor Pele and his recalcitrant pseudo-exco members in refusing to leave the assembly were ILLEGIMATE.

  5. the Deputy Speaker’s (Hee Yit Foong) actions in usurping the power of the Speaker for the purpose of electing Ganesan as the new Speaker to replace Sivakumar were ILLEGIMATE

  6. Sivakumar IS STILL the Speaker.

  7. Ganesan had NO right to ask the sergeant-at-arms and the police to throw out Sivakumar.

  8. If Pangkor (Pele/Zambry) requests for an emergency sitting to move for a vote of no confidence against Nizar, he and the other suspended BN assemblymen CANNOT attend.

  9. Pakatan Rakyat has the MAJORITY in the Perak State Assembly.

  10. BN will NOT have enough votes to pass the motion.
So I beg the Sultan of Perak, that he grant an audience to Nizar tomorrow, and that he grant Nizar’s request that he dissolve the assembly.
-"The Aisehman"


Impact of High Court's Ruling in the Nizar vs Zambry Case

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Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin – Nizar has maintained all along that he was the Mentri Besar of Perak.

He was ridiculed as “power hungry” by Umno politicians and portrayed as a traitor by the mainstream media for challenging Sultan Azlan Shah’s decision.

Today, he was vindicated by the High Court, which ruled that a mentri besar can only be removed through a vote of no-confidence in the state assembly.
  • On Sivakumar as Speaker:

    He was dragged out of his chair, roughed up and locked up for an hour on May 7 while Barisan Nasional installed their own man as the Speaker of the state assembly.

    The High Court decision effectively returns the state assembly to the status quo, the way it was pre-February 4. This means that Sivakumar is still the Speaker of the House and even if the Datuk Zambry Abdul Kadir and other BN lawmakers want to propose any motion, it has to be accepted by him.

  • On The Stephen Kalong Ningkan Principle

    He was the first Chief Minister of Sarawak but was booted out in 1966 when the governor asked him to resign, showing him letters by 21 of the 42 legislators that said they had lost their confidence in him. He challenged this saying that the letters did not have the effect of a vote of confidence in the state assembly.

    He was sacked by the governor but took his case to court.

    The High Court reinstated him and laid down the principle that the governor could only dismiss the chief minister if the latter had lost the confidence of the House.

    This principle was upheld by the High Court of Kuala Lumpur today.

  • Deadlock or loss of confidence

    One of the pivotal factual issues in the Zambry Vs Nizar case was this:
    Did Nizar tell the Sultan that he had lost the majority of the House when he asked for the state assembly to be dissolved or did he merely say that the House was deadlocked?
    Nizar said that during the audience with the Sultan on February 4, he informed the Ruler that with the resignation of three Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers, there was a deadlock situation in the assembly and therefore sought the dissolution of the House and fresh elections.

    But Perak state legal adviser Datuk Ahmad Kamal Md Shahid in an affidavit said that Nizar told the Sultan of Perak that he wanted the state assembly dissolved because he had lost the confidence of the majority.

    The High Court judge today made clear whose version of events he believed.

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