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Zambry wants court to stop unlawful sittings

IPOH, 3 March 2009: Newly-appointed Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and the six state executive councillors (excos) have sought an injunction from the High Court to prevent any unlawful sittings of the state legislative assembly.

They filed the application at 8.30am through counsel Firoz Hussien Ahmad Jamaluddin, Datuk Hafarizam Harun, Badrul Hishah Abdul Wahab, Faizul Hilmi Ahmad Zambri, Abu Bakar Al-Siddiq, Chang Mai and Zaireen Zainal today.

Hafarizam told reporters that the application was supplementary to the one filed yesterday.

“Today, a lawyer (who was) not from the Attorney-General’s Chambers said he represented the Speaker. So this morning also we raised an objection because he had not obtained a fiat or sanction from the state legal adviser so he was not authorised to represent the Speaker,” Hafarizam said.

He said his side would argue on the injunction application to prevent whatever meetings that will be held by the Speaker and Pakatan Rakyat assemblypersons.

Judicial Commissioner Ridwan Ibrahim will hear the injunction application at 2.30pm in chambers.

Constitutional lawyer Tommy Thomas who acted for Speaker V Sivakumar said: “Objection was made against me and my entire team saying that we have no locus standi to represent the Speaker.

“The argument (that was made and accepted by the judge) was (that) the Speaker is part of government. Because the Speaker is part of government, only the Attorney-General’s Chambers and state legal adviser under the Government Proceedings Act can appoint lawyers and normally they appoint themselves.”

On the application by Zambry and the excos for a declaration that the Speaker’s decision in suspending them was null and void, Hafarizam said the court had yet to hear the matter. — Bernama

See also:

Perak crisis deepens

Tommy Thomas’ full statement

 

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