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Perak speaker calls for emergency sitting on 3 March

IPOH, 27 Feb 2009: Perak state assembly speaker V Sivakumar has called for an emergency sitting on 3 March to table two motions on the takeover of the state government.

He said the first motion — to reaffirm the support for Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as the rightful menteri besar — would be tabled by Titi Serong assemblyperson Khalil Idham Lim Abdullah.

The second motion — to seek for dissolution of the state assembly and pave the way for fresh polls — will be tabled by Teja assemblyperson Chang Lih Kang.

At a news conference here today, Sivakumar said the emergency meeting, which was still in the first session of the state assembly, did not require the consent of the sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah.

He said the Perak state assembly secretary had been ordered to issue the notice of the meeting as soon as possible to all assemblypersons, except recently appointed Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and six executive council members, who had been suspended, and the three independent assemblypersons who were deemed to have resigned.

Responding to a suggestion that he was disrespecting the sultan by not seeking the ruler’s consent, Sivakumar said it should not be taken in that context as it was dispensed in accordance with Standing Order 27 (3) of the state assembly.

He described attempts to prevent him from convening the emergency meeting as tantamount to denigrating the state assembly.

He declined to comment on the possibility that all Barisan Nasional assemblypersons would boycott the emergency meeting.

Also present at the news conference were Perak DAP chairperson Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham and Sivakumar’s legal counsel Chan Kok Keong.

Zambry, when contacted, just said: “That is their true colours.” He declined to elaborate. — Bernama

See also: Perak snap polls inevitable?

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