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Motion to remove Perak speaker received

IPOH, 29 April 2009: The Perak legislative assembly secretary, Abdullah Antong Sabri, today confirmed that his office had received a motion last week to remove V Sivakumar as speaker of the Perak state assembly at its sitting on 7 May.

He also confirmed that he had posted letters to all the Perak state assemblypersons on the matter and had attached together with the letters the nomination forms for the new speaker.

Although Abdullah said the matter should not have been announced before the state assembly sitting, several news portals today reported that Abdullah, in his letter, had stated that the nomination forms for the new speaker should be submitted together with the agreement form of the selected candidate to the state legislative assembly office by tomorrow at the latest.

“The letters were sent administratively. It should have been for the information and action of the state assemblyperson concerned,” he said when contacted.

He declined further comment on the matter.

Meanwhile, senior executive councillor Datuk Hamidah Osman, when contacted, confirmed that she had seconded the motion to remove Sivakumar, which was proposed by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and sent to the office of the Perak legislative assembly secretary on 23 April.

Zambry, when contacted, refused to confirm whether he had proposed the notice for a vote of no-confidence against Sivakumar as reported by the media today. — Bernama

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