ON 3 March 2009, the Perak state assembly convened an “emergency sitting” under a tree about 100m away from the state secretariat building.
The sitting, called by assembly Speaker V Sivakumar, was held at 10.20am in an open car park after police blocked assemblypersons from the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) from entering the Perak Darul Ridzuan building, which houses the state assembly.
In attendance were Sivakumar and 27 assemblypersons, including embattled Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin. A crowd of more than 200 was also present in the area, even though they were threatened with arrest.
About 40 minutes earlier, Umno supporters had attempted to stop Nizar and his entourage from approaching the building, which has seen tightened police security since 2 March.
Despite not being able to enter the state assembly hall, the emergency sitting managed to pass three motions, including one to dissolve the state assembly to pave the way for fresh polls.
Nizar said he would be seeking an audience with Sultan Azlan Shah as soon as possible to present the assembly’s decision to dissolve the state assembly.
All pics courtesy of Merdeka Review. Wong Shu Qi is a journalist with the online Chinese news site.