KUALA LUMPUR, 12 May 2009: The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) and politicians have urged the Perak ruler to dissolve the Perak legislative assembly, to pave the way for fresh elections and end the current political stalemate.
Bersih spokesperson Wong Chin Huat said fresh elections were the only way to end the Perak constitutional crisis.
“The ball is now in the palace’s court, and the Perak Regent (Raja Nazrin Shah) must make the right decision,” said Wong in a statement released today.
He also called on Malaysians to continue wearing black to demonstrate their protest until the state assembly is dissolved. Bersih launched the 1BLACKMalaysia campaign on 5 May to urge Malaysians to wear black to protest against the “ongoing Perak coup”.
“Bersih warns (Barisan Nasional-installed menteri besar Datuk) Zambry (Abdul Kadir) not to attempt reconvening the legislative assembly chaired by the illegitimate speaker R Ganesan and passing a motion of no-confidence against (Datuk Seri Mohammad) Nizar (Jamaluddin),” said Wong.
“Such an attempt would only result in more legal suits. In any case, even if a vote of no-confidence is passed, the menteri besar (Nizar) can still appeal to the ruler to dissolve the state legislature,” said Wong.
Meanwhile, DAP deputy general secretary Chong Eng appealed to Sultan Azlan Shah to “listen to the wishes of his rakyat and return the power to the people.”
“The only rational way out of [the political deadlock in Perak] is to return to ground zero and let the Perak voters decide on their government,” Chong, who is Member of Parliament for Bukit Mertajam, said in a statement.
She added that the BN should agree to having new state elections because it is the people’s wish.
In addition, MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek also agreed that fresh state elections would be the best way to resolve the Perak political crisis.
“Let the rakyat decides and once for all, we resolve this problem, which is not doing anybody any good,” said the former health minister in a blog posting today.
Additionally, Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, better known as Ku Li, said yesterday that he hoped the Perak sultan would agree to dissolve the state assembly as it is “the decent thing to do.”