AND so it has come to this. Heckling and shoving in the august house of the Perak state assembly. Police and special branch officers encroaching into the business of the state legislature. Arrests of politicians and civilians dressed in black.
As expected, the Perak state assembly yesterday on 7 May proved to be a messy spectacle. Probably the most shocking image was that of speaker V Sivakumar being dragged out of his chair by police in order for Barisan Nasional (BN)’s Datuk R Ganesan to assume the speaker’s role.
No doubt, the political circus the world witnessed in Perak could have been avoided. If, for example, the sultan of Perak had consented to postponing the assembly sitting until the courts decided who the rightful menteri besar was — the BN’s Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir or the Pakatan Rakyat’s Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.
Or if Sultan Azlan Shah had consented to the dissolution of the assembly in early February when the crisis first began with the hopping of four assemblypersons.
But perhaps these are now moot. There may be no turning back from the mess that is the Perak constitutional crisis. What is left to be seen is whether the rakyat will accept the legitimacy of those who have wrested power in the silver state.
What do you think? Give us your six words on Perak in the comments section below. Here are some from The Nut Graph team to get started.
Am hopping mad with the frogs!
Wanted: elected state government, not crossovers.
Gan Pei Ling:
Speaker? No say. Constitution? BN rules.
Heartbroken? Shocked? Angry? Disgusted? Beyond description.
Jacqueline Ann Surin:
Kepimpinan Barisan Nasional: Kenapa takut pilihanraya?
Hampa dan duga kerana keputusan sultan.
Ganesan, speaker wannabe. Sivakumar is speaker.
Barisan Nasional sat on a wall …
Bubar. Undi. Pilih kerajaan sah. Senang.
Pickle Michelle Yeoh’s home state needs saving.
Children behave! It’s a state assembly!
“Don’t cry for me, V Sivakumar …”
The silver state is further tarnished.
N Shashi Kala:
Perak: The greatest show on earth.
Politicians in Perak in a pickle.
The Nut Graph is really appalled.
Inspired by Ernest Hemingway‘s genius, the Six Words On… section challenges readers to give us their comments about a current issue, contemporary personality or significant event in just six words. The idea is to get readers engaged in an issue that The Nut Graph identifies, while having fun and being creatively disciplined.