Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Although the Federal Court has given a favourable verdict to Barisan Nasional Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir to run Perak, he is still on politically shaky ground.

NONEHis power to rule the state is dependent on the support of the three assemblypersons from Pakatan Rakyat who switched camps to declare themselves independent and 'friendly' to his government.

Perak BN and Pakatan Rakyat both now have 28 seats each in the state assembly with the three independents tipping the scales in favour of BN.

"Zambry is still on shaky political ground as he has to dance to their tune, whims, fancies and demands of the three 'frogs' if he wants to continue as the head of the state till the next state elections," said former Pakatan menteri besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.

"The best option for him is to call for fresh by-elections in these three constituencies (of the assemblypersons who switched camps - Jelapang, Changkat Jering and Behrang) to strengthen his political hold on administrating the state."

Nizar was speaking to the media after a two-hour meeting of all Pakatan elected representatives at PAS state headquarters in Ipoh last night.

Four pre-conditions

He said Pakatan is prepared to cooperate with BN in improving the welfare of all Perakians but with four pre-conditions:

  • Pakatan representatives must be allowed to use all state government public places like community halls, fields and school halls to communicate with the public.

  • Pakatan representatives must also be on the district level land committees to ensure that land is given only to the landless and the needy and not to BN cronies.

  • All elected state Pakatan assemblypersons should be given the annual allocation of RM150,000-200,000 to service their constituencies.

  • BN must work within the Pakatan's five principles of accountability, justice, welfare, transparency and trustworthy.

NONEHowever, Nizar stressed that Pakatan cannot cooperate in the area of politics as BN and Pakatan political ideologies are different.

Nizar said he fears that the Federal Court judgment yesterday may lead to the abuse of the parliamentary democracy, as a sultan or the Agong could easily dismiss the head of a state or the prime minister without going through the democratic process.

He added that the independence of the judiciary, executive and legislature, as stated in the federal constitution and state constitution, has been infringed upon by BN interference.

news courtesy of Malaysiakini

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