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Sivakumar wants rights and privileges committee meeting

IPOH, 27 July 2009: The Pakatan Rakyat (PR)’s assembly Speaker V Sivakumar still wants to meet and seek clarification from the Barisan Nasional (BN)’s Speaker Datuk R Ganesan through the rights and privileges committee to resolve two issues following the 7 May state assembly sitting.

Sivakumar fixed the meeting for 10am on Thursday after being unable to hold the meeting today.

He said he had earlier sent a notice that Ganesan attend the meeting according to state assembly standing orders.

“I and several state assembly[persons], including one committee member appointed by the BN government itself, Tebing Tinggi state assembly[person] Ong Boon Piow, were not allowed to enter the Perak Darul Ridzuan Building for the meeting.

“We were stopped by police although we had sent a notice to inform of our presence to have a rights and privileges committee meeting,” Sivakumar told reporters here today.

Sivakumar, who is also Tronoh assemblyperson, said the meeting had to be held to discuss his removal as speaker during the 7 May sitting, which he claimed was done via a “sub-assembly” in the assembly, which he considered unlawful.

He also wanted to discuss the action of Ganesan directing police to enter the assembly and remove him.

Earlier, Sivakumar and several Pakatan Rakyat members, including Perak DAP chairperson Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham, had tried to enter the state secretariat building to convene the meeting.

The group waited for an hour before dispersing after getting an official letter from the state secretary, Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Hashim, which stated that the meeting could not be held as they had not received any notice on the matter. — Bernama

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