PETALING JAYA, 7 May 2009: Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin blasted the Pakatan Rakyat’s Perak assemblypersons for bringing “jungle culture” into the state assembly sitting today.
“Haven’t the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state reps and supporters trivialised our political system enough by convening the state assembly sitting under a tree? Now they have created havoc by defying the sultan’s orders, the federal court ruling and police order,” Khairy complained his blog posting today.
Terming the entire episode as a “tragedy for democracy”, Khairy said he was disappointed that “jungle culture” had been brought into the state assembly today.
He said speaker V Sivakumar’s action in ordering Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and his six executive councillors to leave the assembly sitting is against the Federal Court ruling on 16 April that lifted their suspension.
“Furthermore, even though Sivakumar has been replaced by a new speaker, with the help and support of other PR Aduns, he refused to give up his seat to new speaker, former Sungkai assemblyperson R Ganesan,” said Khairy.
He added that Sivakumar’s attitude showed that he disregarded the majority’s decision to replace him in a “valid” motion.
Khairy also defended the police by arguing that they were “forced” to arrest several dozen PR leaders and supporters who refused to budge.
He said the police have issued a warning earlier advising the public against gathering illegally near the state secretariat building.
“The PR’s stubbornness proves once again that they will do anything to achieve their narrow goals, including breaking the law,” said Khairy.
Additionally, he said the rakyat was tired of such political games, and added that the “quality and culture of our political system have been degraded” in the rakyat’s view.
Khairy said he hoped the PR would respect democratic principles and the constitutional monarchy system that are the backbone of our politics.