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Perak Speaker battle moves to court

PETALING JAYA: With the legal dispute between the two Perak menteris besar still hanging in limbo, the battle for the powerful position of Perak state legislative assembly speaker will make its way to court.

Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Speaker V Sivakumar will file a civil suit against Barisan Nasional (BN)-elected Speaker Datuk R Ganesan at 11.30am today at the Ipoh High Court.

Sivakumar’s lawyer Leong Cheok Keng told The Edge Financial Daily the suit was brought in relation to Ganesan’s orders for police personnel to assist in removing Sivakumar from the assembly during the chaotic 7 May assembly sitting.

The 7 May sitting saw BN representatives elect Ganesan as speaker via a “sub-assembly” convened on the floor of the assembly in a motion “tabled” before independent Jelapang assembly[person] and Deputy Speaker Hee Yit Foong which was passed by the 28 BN assembly[persons] and other two independents – Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (Behrang) and Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu (Changkat Jering).

[BN-installed] Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir had attempted to table a motion to remove Sivakumar, which the latter rejected on grounds that Zambry was still suspended from the assembly.

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This article first appeared on Friday, 15 May 2009 in under the same title. Used with permission.

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