PUTRAJAYA, 19 Feb 2009: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi regards Perak state assembly speaker V Sivakumar’s suspension of Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and his executive councillors as being equivalent to opposing the decision of Sultan Azlan Shah.
Abdullah, who is also BN chairperson, said the Perak government under Zambry would continue to function and administer the state as required by the people and as the legitimate government.
“The speaker cannot bar them. The menteri besar and the state executive councillors have already been appointed by the sultan and were already sworn in before the sultan. They were legally appointed.
“So, any kind of suggestion and action taken by the speaker, to me, would be regarded as not respecting the decision that has been made by the sultan of Perak,” he told reporters after launching the Humanitarian Fund for the children of Gaza at Seri Perdana here today.
Sivakumar, of the DAP, announced yesterday that Zambry and his executive councillors were suspended from the state assembly for 18 months and 12 months respectively.
The BN took over the state government when an assemblyperson from the DAP and two from Parti Keadilan Rakyat left their respective parties to become “BN-friendly” independent assemblypersons.
Wong Kah Woh, the DAP assemblyperson for Canning, lodged a complaint to the Rights and Privileges Committee, that the swearing-in ceremony contravened the state constitution, and was in contempt of the assembly as the 10th Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin had not officially resigned.
Sivakumar said that after deliberating the complaint, the committee found that Zambry and his executive council were in contempt of the assembly. — Bernama