IPOH, 15 March 2009: The Ipoh City Council (MBI) has demolished a marble plaque put up by Pakatan Rakyat (PR) assemblypersons to mark the controversial state assembly emergency sitting on 3 March.
Perak Local Government Committee chairperson Dr Mah Hang Soon, from the Barisan Nasional (BN), said the marble structure was removed this morning as it was deemed an obstruction in a public area and contravened the Road, Drainage and Building Act 1974.
“I do not treat this as a special case as appropriate action will be taken according to the law if any structure is erected in the capital without MBI’s permission,” he said when commenting on the demolition of the plaque.
Following the emergency sitting under the tree near the state secretariat building, PR has dubbed it the “Tree of Democracy”.
The plaque was unveiled by Datuk Seri Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin, who was asked to resign as Perak menteri besar after three PR assemblypersons left the coalition to give BN the majority support in the state assembly.
On 13 March, MBI pasted a notice on the tree, giving the owner of the plaque 24 hours to demolish it.
Vandals had smashed the plaque and poured road tar over it, defacing the inscription on the plaque. — Bernama