IPOH, 8 May 2009: Perak state assembly speaker Datuk R Ganesan said all motions tabled by Barisan Nasional yesterday were valid as the sitting had convened after former speaker V Sivakumar had taken his seat in the assemblypersons’ gallery.
“When did the speaker take his place? Definitely during the sitting. The speaker will not take his seat at the time when there is no sitting.
“Sivakumar cannot claim that the sitting had not convene because he had not opened it as he had taken his seat there (the assemblypersons’ gallery) while all representatives were present.
“Moreover, as the opposition representatives themselves had taken their seats in the House, it indirectly showed that they had recognised the sitting yesterday,” Ganesan told reporters here today.
Ganesan was commenting on the opposition’s contention that the motions including his appointment as speaker were illegal as they were not table during a state assembly sitting.
He said as the Regent of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah in his royal address had stated that he opened the first session of the second term of the 12th Perak state assembly, the sitting was lawful and adhered to the standing order.
On his appointment as speaker, Ganesan said it was lawful based on the standing order and the majority in control of the House.
He said the removal and appointment of the speaker was not the prerogative of Sivakumar.
“The standing order is very clear – when a new speaker is chosen, former speaker had to relinquish his post and vacate his office,” said Ganesan.
He said Sivakumar should have vacated his seat in an honourable manner as soon as the new speaker was chosen.
Asked what he would do should Sivakumar refuse to vacate his office, Ganesan said, “We will see what is going to happen.” — Bernama