Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Perak Speaker may call for a special assembly
by Sharon Tan, The Edge

Perak State Assembly Speaker V Sivakumar will call for a special assembly if Barisan Nasional (BN) Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir fails to call for the dissolution of the assembly in the next 48 hours.

According to Nga Kor Ming (Taiping-DAP), Sivakumar had written to the Sultan of Perak last week requesting consent to convene a special assembly.

“I urge Zambry to respect the democratic system and call for the dissolution of the assembly as this is the only way to end the constitutional crisis in the state,” he said, adding that more than 80% of voters asked through opinion polls want fresh elections.

Nga, who spoke in the parliament lobby yesterday, also warned that if Zambry fails to dissolve the assembly, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) would move a motion to block the BN government from getting the state coffers.

Zambry also came under fire for sending a legal team to London to seek advice from a Queen’s Counsel on the impasse in Perak.

Nga likened the act to seek opinion from the former colonial master, the United Kingdom, who ruled the state from 1874 to 1957, akin to “a baby crying for his mother and the baby is now almost 52 years old”.

“The move also says that Perak Umno does not truly understand that Malaysian Constitutional Law is to be interpreted by Malaysians.

“It does not understand that Malaysia is an independent country and that the best solution is here within the country and in the ballot box, which Raja Azlan Shah (Sultan Azlan Shah now) had said that ‘Those who find fault with the wisdom of the Act… normally must address themselves to the legislature… they have their remedy at the ballot box,’” he added.

Nga also said the PR government under MB Datuk Seri Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin is confident that there are enough Commonwealth and local case laws that would vindicate PR’s actions.

“It is shameful to go back to Ye Olde England for help when the answer is at our doorstep,” he said
(sumber dari Malaysia Today)

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