KUALA LUMPUR, 10 March 2009: The Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leadership council still harbours the hope for an audience with Perak’s Sultan Azlan Shah on the political crisis in the state, despite the ruler having endorsed Datuk Dr Zambry Abd Kadir as the Menteri Besar.
DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang said PR has not received any response from the palace since submitting a request for an audience with the ruler a month ago and hoped an opportunity would soon be given for PR to explain its stand on the political crisis in the silver state.
“We hope Tuanku would dissolve the state legislative assembly as the political crisis has dragged on long enough,” he told The Edge Financial Daily on 9 March.
A request by the PR leadership council to the palace was submitted a day prior to the swearing-in of Pangkor assembly[person] Dr Zambry as Perak Menteri Besar on 6 Feb 2009.
Lim said their intended audience with the ruler was also among others to brief his Royal Highness on the alleged coup d’etat masterminded by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, adding that the seizure of power in Perak does not encourage unity among Malaysians.
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This article first appeared on 10 March 2009 in The Edge Financial Daily under the title PR council still hopes to meet Perak Sultan. Used with permission.