Friday, March 19, 2010

Business as usual for ousted Perak speaker

Sparks are expected to fly in the Perak Assembly sitting on March 30 as the ten-month political wrestling match of Pakatan Speaker vs BN Speaker continues with both claiming legitimacy and no political solution in sight.

The political drama of Menteri Besar vs Menteri Besar ended last month with the Federal Court announcing that Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir as Perak's legitimate head of state.

NONEWhile Pakatan has accepted that decision it is adamant that it does not recognise R Ganesan (right), who was appointed speaker at the controversial assembly sitting in May last year.

Last week, DAP state chief Ngeh Koo Ham had requested through the media to Zambry that as Ganesan is not considered the legitimate speaker by Pakatan, ousted Pakatan Speaker V Sivakumar should be allowed to head the forthcoming assembly sitting.

However, Zambry refused to respond to Ngeh's request.

At a media conference in Ipoh yesterday, Sivakumar refused to reveal Pakatan's strategy for the coming assembly as it would leave them open to a BN counterattack. "Wait and see the events which we dare not forecast, that will unfold on that day,"he said enigmatically.

When asked whether he would get a new speaker's robe as his former robe had been torn to pieces after his struggle with the police during the last sitting, Sivakumar just smiled and said to wait and see.

Five reasons

He then cited five reasons why Ganesan cannot claim to be the legitimate head of the august House as follows:

1. Ganesan as a civilian had entered the House by defying a court order obtained by police to restrict civilians from entering the state assembly sitting on 7 May 2009.

2. Ganesan had been elected illegally as the speaker by BN before the royal address of the Perak Regent Raja Nazrin Shah.

3. While Sivakumar was occupying the speaker seat, deputy speaker Hee Yit Foong who had allegedly resigned from her Jelapang assembly seat, had illegally sworn in Ganesan as speaker.

4. Sivakumar had a day earlier before the sitting had rejected the two motions to remove the speaker and appoint a new speaker brought by Zambry and Sungai Rapat assemblyperson Hamidah Osman.

5.Ganesan ceases to be the speaker as he had not resigned his professional post as a lawyer within three months after he was appointed speaker by BN elected representatives.

Sivakumar said that he had sent all invitations to the state assembly sitting on March 30, to both BN and Pakatan assemblypersons except to Zambry and the three former Pakatan assembly persons who declared themselves as BN friendly independents, which lead to the collapse of the 10 month rule of the Pakatan rule of Perak.

According to Sivakumar (left)V Sivakumar, Zambry is still under the suspension period of 18 months order given by the Perak Legislative Assembly Committee of Powers and Privileges on 18 Feb 2009.

As for the three independents of Hee Yit Foong, Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (Behrang) and Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu (Changat Jering) they had allegedly resigned their elected posts in early February 2009.

Sivakumar said that he has collected the oral and written questions from all the 28 Pakatan elected members and had submitted them to the state assembly secretariat.

He hoped that the state department heads will answer all the questions that affect the public during the assembly sitting.

courtesy of Malaysiakini

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