Perak Mentri Besar Crisis
Feb 3: Perak’s Pakatan Rakyat government falls after Behrang assemblyman Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi and Changkat Jering assemblyman Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu quit PKR.
Feb 4: Jelapang assemblyman Hee Yit Foong, who is also the assembly’s deputy speaker, quits DAP. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announces fall of Pakatan government.
Feb 6: Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Kadir sworn in as Perak Mentri Besar.
Feb 13: Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin files suit to challenge the legitimacy of Zambry as Perak Mentri Besar.
Feb 18: Perak assembly Speaker V. Sivakumar suspends Dr Zambry for 18 months and six state exco members.
March 3: Sivakumar conducts an “emergency” assembly meeting under the a tree near the Perak State Secretariat.
March 7: The High Court in Kuala Lumpur refers Nizar’s bid to challenge the legitimacy of Dr Zambry’s appointment to the Federal Court.
March 10: Sivakumar files suit in KL High Court against the three independent assemblymen and the Election Commission.
March 20: Nizar fails in his appeal against a High Court ruling to move his suit against Dr Zambry to the Federal Court.
March 23: Federal Court sends Nizar’s case back to High Court as the matter involves the state Constitution.
April 10: Federal Court decides that Hee, Mohd Osman and Jamaluddin did not resign and remained as assemblymen.
April 16: Federal Court rules that Sivakumar does not have the power to suspend Dr Zambry and his state exco members.
April 20: Nizar files affidavit at Kuala Lumpur High Court stating that he had sought the consent of Sultan Azlan Shah to dissolve the state assembly because of a deadlock.
May 7: Perak assembly sits and quickly descends into pandemonium. Sivakumar removed as Speaker and former Sungkai assemblyman Datuk R. Ganesan appointed to replace him.
May 11: KL High Court rules that Nizar is the rightful Mentri Besar.
News in brief
Source: The Star Online
Nizar is the valid MB
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has declared that Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin is the valid Perak Mentri Besar, ruling that his office has not been vacated.
High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim granted a declaratory relief to Nizar that he is still and was Mentri Besar at all material times.
Letter sent to Perak Sultan
IPOH: Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin’s special officer Amran Harun delivered a formal letter to Istana Kinta at 8.20am yesterday informing the palace of the former’s wish for an audience with Sultan Azlan Shah seeking consent to dissolve the Perak state assembly.
In Kuala Kangsar, recipients attending an investiture ceremony at Istana Iskandariah were surprised when the master of ceremony announced Nizar’s arrival as the Perak mentri besar at about 9.10am.
Asked whether he spoke to Raja Muda Raja Dr Nazrin Shah at the palace, Nizar said: ”We spoke about family matters.”
Ngeh says no auto-dissolution
IPOH: The Perak state assembly will not be automatically dissolved today even if the tumultuous sitting on May 7 was declared invalid, claimed state DAP chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham.
This is because the emergency sitting under the tree on March 3 is valid, making Sept 3 the new date for an automatic dissolution of the assembly if there is no more sitting until then, he said.
Ousted Speaker V. Sivakumar said the dissolution of the assembly would ease the political tension.
Deputy IGP: Respect decision
KUALA LUMPUR: The police have urged the people of Perak, politicians, supporters and non-governmental organisations to stay calm and accept the decision made by the Court of Appeal on the mentri besar issue.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar in a statement asked all parties to respect the court decision and give the country’s judicial system a chance. He said those found spreading rumours would face severe action.
Bar: Chess play tragic for the folk
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, who is deemed caretaker of the Perak government following the latest court decision, should not plan an emergency assembly sitting as it would not be within his powers, says Malaysian Bar vice-president Lim Chee Wee.
Lim reiterated the Bar’s stand to let the voice of voters be heard, not the judges. “It is tragic for the Perak people to see their votes rendered ineffective through this chess play,” he said.
‘I suffer like Gandhi and Mandela’
IPOH: Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir has likened the recent struggles he and his comrades from the Barisan Nasional faced to those endured by world famous politicians Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.
“Mandela sacrificed his freedom for 27 years in order to free South Africans from the grip of apartheid. Gandhi sacrificed his life for the sake of India’s independence and so his people would be able to live without caste or religious boundaries,” he said in his blog.