Updated on 6 Feb 2009 at 12:05am; Corrected at 11:49pm
(source: Sultan Azlan Shah image from sultan.perak.gov.my;
Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin image © hussein / wikipedia.org)
12:05am: Streets are mostly clear as most supporters have dispersed. A few diehard supporters still in MB’s residence compound.
12:01am: PKR’s information chief Tian Chua tells reporters that Pakatan Rakyat state excos will report to work tomorrow as usual.
11:38pm: Angry Pakatan Rakyat supporters throw bunting of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on the road in front of Menteri Besar’s residence; motorists driving past run over it.
11:09pm: Ceremah at Perak MB’s residence is over. Crowd spilling out on the street.
11:05pm: Protestors gathered on the road outside the Perak MB’s residence stomp on a poster of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak. Police presence in the area increases.
10: 45pm: Perak MB, in his speech, tells the crowd that he refuses to resign his post and will fight the injustice.
10:25pm: Signatures to petition the sultan to dissolve the state legislative assembly are being collected from the crowd at the ceramah held in the compound of the Perak MB’s residence.
10:12pm: (Corrected) DAP Youth Chief Nga Kor Meng addresses the growing crowd at a ceramah within the Perak MB’s residence compound. In his speech, he exhorts the people: “Don’t give up protecting the people’s rights. This is not about protecting the MB. Ini perjuangan suci … satu jihad. This is not the time to be sad but to raise your spirits and fight.”
10:04pm: Protesters gather on the road just outside the Menteri Besar’s residence. They blow whistles and chant “Reformasi!” Some hold signs asking motorists to honk in support of the Pakatan Rakyat state government, and many do.
9:58pm: PAS Youth Chief Salahuddin Ayub addresses the crowd at the MB’s residence. He says the BN has challenged the people’s authority. He calls on the people to support Pakatan Rakyat and rise up in a show of people’s power, as happened in the Philippines with the overthrow of President Marcos.
9:52pm: More people pour into the compound of the MB’s residence. The crowd, consisting of all races, is now estimated at 8,000 strong. Shouts of “Umno! Israel” are heard.
9:44pm: Angkatan Muda Keadilan chief Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin addresses the crowd, which has now swelled to over 4,000 people of all races. He alleges that the assemblypersons who quit the Pakatan Rakyat were bought over. “BN are cowards. BN ignores the people’s vote on 8 March,” he says to the crowd gathered outside at the Perak MB’s residence.
9:30pm: Perak state legislative assembly speaker V Sivakumar addresses the crowd. In his speech, he says the Election Commission (EC) has violated his powers as a speaker in rejecting the resignation letters of the assemblypersons who have quit Pakatan Rakyat. He alleges that the executive is meddling in Perak politics through the EC. “Semua BN mahu. Semua dia mahu control. We must teach the BN a lesson,” he tells the 2,500 strong crowd gathered at the MB’s residence.
9:16pm: Perak MB Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin has emerged from the main building of his residence and is set to address the 2,500 Pakatan Rakyat supporters gathered at there. A local resident, Chan, an accountant who was at the scene with a group of friends, told The Nut Graph: “We are a group of friends who are here tonight because there has to be something ordinary people like us can do to show support. It cannot be that the state government is taken over just like that.”
8:40pm: Some of the 2,500-strong crowd at the Perak MB’s residence start shouting slogans at police and passing traffic. “Hancur BN”, “Reformasi”, “Makkal Sakti”, as well as “Najib” and “Altantuya”.
8:33pm: Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) trucks arrive outside the gate of the Perak MB’s residence, then drive off. PAS Unit Amal asks crowd to calm down and not provoke the authorities.
8:19pm: Crowd at Perak MB’s residence is now about 2,500 strong. Across the main house within the compound of the Perak MB’s residence is a hall. Evening prayers are now being held. An imam leads prayer but starts crying halfway. He prays for God’s help to face the injustice in not having state assembly dissolved. “Forgive us O God for our sins. Strengthen our leaders that we love, and strengthen our faith.”
8:08pm: As more crowds stream in, police presence at MB’s residence is minimal. No Federal Reserve Unit personnel spotted at the scene.
7:48pm: DAP Perak chairperson and Sitiawan assemblyperson Ngeh Khoo Ham arrives at the Perak MB’s residence.
7:27pm: Spotted at the MB’s residence among the crowd of about a thousand: Malaysia-Today blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, lawyer and former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, and lawyer cum blogger Haris Ibrahim.
7:22pm: As a crowd of around 200 people gathers, banners erected outside Perak MB’s residence reflect the rakyat’s anger at assemblypersons Hee Yit Foong and Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi’s betrayal and role in bringing down the Pakatan Rakyat state government. One read: “Si Yit Foong, awak pengkhianat, sanggup jual diri!”
7:13pm: Banner erected outside the Perak MB’s residence. “Bubarkan DUN, Kembalikan kuasa rakyat”.
7:11pm: Atmosphere at MB’s residence is sombre — like a wake. Perak MB Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin is holed up inside the main building, and an expectant crowd is waiting outside.
6:58pm: People milling around. Perak MB Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin to give explanation later tonight on the situation.
6:52pm: Demonstration at Perak Menteri Besar’s residence. Unit Amal PAS providing crowd control. People are allowed inside. Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) information chief Tian Chua is here.