KUALA LUMPUR, 17 April 2009: DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang wrote in his blog today that because Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and the six executive councillors sued the wrong party, yesterday’s Federal Court order is rendered “defective, null and void”.
Lim pointed out the suspension was issued by the Perak State Assembly Committee of Privileges on 18 Feb and not Perak Speaker V Sivakumar. The speaker is chairperson of the committee.
“In striking out the purported suspension order of the Perak state assembly speaker, the Federal Court was striking out an order that does not exist — as the suspension order was that of the Committee of Privileges,” he wrote his blog’s latest entry.
Lim added that the Federal Court’s decision was a serious violation of the doctrine of separation of powers among the three branches of state — the executive, the legislature and the judiciary.
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This article first appeared on 17 April 2009 in www.theedgemalaysia.com under the same title. Used with permission.