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Tussle in Perak heads to a climax

KUALA LUMPUR, 20 April 2009: Not unlike a chess match, Barisan Nasional (BN) now appears to have two more major moves against Pakatan Rakyat (PR) in order to assert its claim [on] the embattled Perak state legislative assembly and government.

The tussle for power will continue going into the state legislative assembly meeting scheduled for 7 May after an arduous journey for both sides, from the Perak palace to the courts.

The Federal Court last week opened the doors to Perak Menteri Besar Datuk [now Datuk Seri] Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and his executive councillors (excos) to enter the assembly, after it lifted their suspensions ordered by Speaker V Sivakumar.

If it comes to be, BN would likely move quickly to push a confidence vote for Zambry as menteri besar to grant legitimacy to the BN state government after it regained control of the state with the support of three former PR representatives.

Perak flew into a political deadlock after the three — Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (Behrang), Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu (Changkat Jering) and Hee Yit Foong (Jelapang) — quit their respective parties to be BN-friendly independents.

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This article first appeared on Sunday, 19 April 2009 in under the title Power tussle for Perak heads to a climax. Used with permission.

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