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Guan Eng: Zambry cannot be MB yet

PETALING JAYA, 14 May 2009: It is wrong of Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir to reassume the position of Perak menteri besar (MB) after the 11 May High Court ruling that declared Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin the rightful MB, the DAP said.

“In a case involving a death penalty, a stay of execution does not mean the accused would be freed. It simply means the person has to wait until the final judgment is made,” DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said in a statement today.

Lim was commenting on Zambry’s resumption of duties as the Perak MB after the Court of Appeal on 12 May granted a stay of execution on the High Court’s ruling.

“Zambry has no right to take over the menteri besar post. Since the High Court has decided that Nizar was the rightful menteri besar, Zambry is nothing but an usurper of power,” Lim said.

He said in this situation, Nizar is the menteri besar because he was the one who was popularly elected by the people.

After the Court of Appeal granted a stay, Zambry said he would continue as menteri besar until the case was resolved when the Court of Appeal makes a decision.

Yesterday, Nizar filed an application in the Court of Appeal to set aside the stay. His application will be heard on 18 May.

In the meantime, Nizar and his executive councillors (exco) from the Pakatan Rakyat have vacated their offices in the state secretariat, while Zambry and his exco from the Barisan Nasional have reoccupied the offices.

IGP must act

Lim also called on the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Musa Hassan to immediately investigate a report lodged by Perak Speaker V Sivakumar from the Pakatan Rakyat about a gun being brought into the Perak state assembly sitting on 7 May.

“If the person who brought in the gun was a police [officer], stern action must be taken immediately. No one is allowed to bring firearms in any state assembly or the Parliament,” Lim said.

He also noted that Zambry was given full protection by the police when he returned to the Perak state secretariat yesterday; but according to a Malaysiakini report, when Nizar went back to work on 12 May, there was a “large contingent of riot police” around the compound.

The New Straits Times also reported in its 13 May print edition on page four, in an illustration accompanying the report It’s back to status quo after court grants stay, that police stopped Nizar and his exco members from entering the state secretariat compound when they wanted to report to work on 12 May following the High Court ruling.

It was only after a brief discussion with police officers that the group was allowed to enter. Zambry and his exco faced no such obstacle the following day.

“I want to remind the IGP that the police are the servants of the people. Their salaries are paid by the taxpayers, not the Barisan Nasional. Therefore, I would like to see a more professional approach from the police in handling the Perak issue,” Lim said.

Lim stressed that the only way to resolve the impasse in Perak would be to dissolve the state assembly immediately to make way for fresh elections.

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12 Responses to “Guan Eng: Zambry cannot be MB yet”

  1. M.K. says:

    “…police are the servants of the people”. In Malaysia, police are the lackeys of the ruling government.

  2. ipoh malie says:

    I think all the public servants, including Police and State Government employees, the Ministers and even Prime Minister had forgotten this important fact:

    We, the rakyat, are your masters. We pay your salary. We are your boss. Not BN, not Pakatan, not DAP, not PAS, not anybody except us, the rakyat!

    Please don’t ever forget that, including you, IGP. Realise, eat, drink and swallow that fact.

  3. sad_klguy says:

    CM Lim,

    Please save your breath, we all know that who the Police Force works for, – not you, not me and not all of us.

    I think BN is scared to have another election because they know that they will lose more seats compared to Penang.

    That’s why they don’t want to have another election.

    Today they grabbed back one state but in GE13 they will lose more states.

  4. maat says:

    BN component parties, NGOs, Tengku Razaleigh, and many more have stressed what Lim remarked about, but all fallen on deaf ears. BN really afraid, want to hang on to power by whatever means. Please hear what the rakyat want.

    Rakyat are fed up of the musical chairs of BN and PR, and want to decide independently. Please respect our wishes. The civil service, judiciary, police, all kow tow to BN. We pay for their salaries. We are the bosses. We’ve enough of wayang kulit.

  5. eagle eyes says:

    I must agree that the Malaysian police should stop being biased in discharging their duties since the rakyat are always watching. Although they preach about being fair in performing their duties, yet their reaction is constantly seen to be bias, lopsided and pro-BN.

    Together, let us put a stop to all this.

  6. putra says:

    IGP, CPO Perak, SS Perak, LA Perak and OCPD Ipoh are not public servants but Umno’s servants. They masquerade around as public servants but in actual fact they acted and did things in Umno’s interest.

    If they aren’t Umno’s servants, do you think they would be where they are now? Umno needs these people for their survival.

  7. Robert says:

    The police in Malaysia have not changed. They don’t even know the money they receive for their salary are tax payer’s money!

  8. mei says:

    It is very clear who the police and the judges are working for. The reluctance to immediately hold snap polls in this stalemate betrays BN’s desperation to cling to power. It is evident that they are scared and they realise that once elections are called, the people of Perak will kick them out for good.

    And they should be.

  9. kerishamuddinitis says:

    The more the police demonstrate that they are totally on the side of the ruling party, protecting and safeguarding the interests of usurpers, the more the RAKYAT will view them with disgust and distrust. Way to go PDRM!


    Desperate people do desperate things
    They will do their stuff faster than they think
    For fear they’ll lose everything in a blink
    Forgetting to bother how badly they stink

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 150509

  11. DON4672 says:

    Musa Hassan the IGP is even worse then Rahim Nor as IGP. That’s my asssessment of their qualities.

    What action can the BN government take? At least with Rahim Nor, action was taken against him.

  12. ganesh says:

    Can we expect fairness from any federal government institution?

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