PETALING JAYA, 21 May 2009: Only the sultan of Perak and the prime minister can solve the current Perak political crisis by allowing for a dissolution of the state assembly, said human rights movement Aliran.
Its president, P Ramakrishnan, in a statement today, said the current political crisis in Perak cannot be solved in courts.
“The courts would only delay the outcome and prolong the uncertainties, and provoke further political reactions endangering the peace and harmony enjoyed by the people for the last one year,” Ramakrishnan reasoned.
Therefore, he urged Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to heed the feelings of the people and the demand to dissolve the Perak assembly as it is the only solution to the crisis.
He said various parties including the Senate president Tan Sri Dr Abdul Hamid Pawanteh, Suhakam chairperson Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman, Penang Gerakan, lawyers, and concerned civil societies and citizens have voiced out similar thoughts on the matter.
“The sultan by now must know how angry and upset his subjects are that three unscrupulous politicians have subverted democracy and overturned a people’s government by their unbecoming conduct,” said Ramakrishnan
He added that the Perakians have the right to decide who should form their state government.
Ramakrishnan called on Najib to “rise above politics and act as a states[person] in the interest of the country” by pleading to Sultan Azlan Shah to dissolve the Perak assembly.
“He cannot ignore this groundswell any longer if he lays any claim in wanting to be the people’s PM,” said Ramakrishnan.
The Perak crisis was triggered by the desertion of three Pakatan Rakyat (PR) assemblypersons who opted to become Barisan Nasional (BN)-friendly independents, leading to PR losing its majority in the state assembly.
The PR’s Perak MB Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin was ousted after BN’s Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir was sworn in as Perak menteri besar on 6 Feb following the BN takeover of the state government.
Nizar’s request to the sultan of Perak on 5 Feb to dissolve the state assembly to make way for snap polls was turned down. Other attempts since then to seek the sultan’s consent to dissolve the state assembly have also failed.
On 13 Feb, Nizar, 52, filed a judicial review and sought a declaration from the courts that he was at all material times the menteri besar of Perak. He also sought a declaration that Zambry had no right to hold the office of menteri besar.
On 11 May, High Court (Appellate and Special Powers Division) judge Datuk Abdul Aziz Abd Rahim ruled that Nizar was the rightful MB.