IPOH, 25 May 2009: Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said today he was not “the menteri besar of the court” who did not have the support of the Perak people as claimed by Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.
Taking a swipe at the PAS spiritual leader’s remark on 23 May, that menteris besar were holding the post due to the people’s votes and not by way of court decisions, Zambry said Nik Aziz should instead reserve the remark for Perak PAS Deputy Commissioner Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.
Zambry said it was Mohammad Nizar who initiated the court action to seek a declaration that he was the rightful menteri besar of Perak.
“I respect him (Nik Aziz) as a person and I hope he can correct some of his views,” he told reporters after meeting two English Channel swimmers Zahra Masoumah Abdul Halim, 18, and brother Salman Ali Shariati, 12, at his office here today.
The Kuala Lumpur High Court on 11 May ruled that Mohammad Nizar was the rightful menteri besar of Perak but this was overturned by a three-man bench of the Court of Appeal on 22 May.
The Court of Appeal declared Zambry to be the rightful menteri besar.
Meanwhile, Zambry said it was unlikely that the state government would seek the consent of the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, to convene an emergency session of the assembly as a way out of the state’s political conundrum.
“We are guided by what has been decided by the court … let the law takes its course and we hope that things would go on as usual,” he said.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the BN was open to the possibility of convening the session as an option to end the crisis.
Zambry also announced that the Perak government would contribute RM30,000 in cash to the English Channel attempt by the two swimmers in July.
The swimmers’ father Abdul Halim Abdul Manaf, 49, a Universiti Teknologi Mara lecturer, predicted that the 38km swim across the chilly channel from Dover, England to Calais, France would take about 14 hours. — Bernama