Saturday, February 06, 2010


Today is the first anniversary of the Perak power grab and another worrisome cloud is hanging over ousted menteri besar Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin -a sudden no confidence vote against him to finally end the saga.

Nizar fears the possibility of the Barisan Nasional government going for it as early as next week depending on which way the decision on Pakatan de factor leader Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy trial falls.

He brought this out during his speech at a Pakatan gathering in Ayer Tawar last night prior to his departure this morning to the northern parts of the state on what the opposition coalition has dubbed the Democracy Expedition.

The mission is to explain to the people the story of the power grab constituency by constituency.

Nizar told Malaysiakini that the state BN appears ready for any eventuality in regard to the Federal Court's verdict expected on Tuesday on the rightful menteri besar, himself or his replacement, Zambry Abdul Kadir.

Twists and turns in power game
Once that is over, he expects the emergency assembly sitting to be on Wednesday or Thursday.

"We heard from sources that BN will use former deputy assembly speaker Hee Yit Foong to chair the sitting to table a motion of no confidence against me and remove me as the legitimate menteri besar," said a worried looking Nizar (left).

"The possibilities are there as BN is desperate to cling on to power and they see me as the obstacle to their objective. They will not use BN assembly speaker Ganesan as he was not lawfully elected," he added.

He also said the Pakatan is arranging around 10 buses to ferry Perakians to Putrajaya as a show of support for Nizar and to hear the court verdict and hopes the police will not hinder them.

As for the expedition, the north-bound bus convoy is headed by Nizar while another going south is led by DAP state chief Ngeh Koo Ham.

Nizar will meet the people in the streets and wet markets in several northern towns including Jelapang ( Yit Foong's constituency), Chemor ,Sungai Siput, Kuala Kangsar, Lenggong, Padang Rengas, Changat Jering, Taiping , Bagan Serai and finally to Parit Buntar where a Pakatan ceramah is expected for the night.

Ngeh's journey will take him to Batu Gajah, Gopeng, Kampar, Tapah, Bidor, Trolak and Tanjung Malim.
news courtesy of Malaysiakini

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