IPOH, 28 Oct 2009: The Perak state assembly sitting to approve the 2010 state budget began today without the attendance of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) members who entered the House during a break and held their own meeting.
The sitting began at about 10am with the doa. Subsequently, Barisan Nasional (BN)-installed Speaker Datuk R Ganesan asked all assemblypersons present to rise and observe a minute’s silence over the collapse of a bridge across the Kampar River on Monday in which a primary schoolgirl drowned and two others are missing.
The sitting continued with the tabling of the 2010 Budget by BN-installed Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir. The 28 PR assemblypersons remained outside the House.
Speaker Ganesan announced a one-hour break until 11.20am after Dr Zambry had tabled the budget.
Soon after, the PR assemblypersons entered the House and started their meeting.
Embattled Speaker, Tronoh assemblyperson V Sivakumar, began the meeting with the doa and also asked the assemblypersons to observe a moment’s silence.
Buntong assemblyperson A Sivasubramanian, of the DAP, asked Ganesan to leave the Speaker’s seat, saying he was not qualified to occupy the chair as he continued to practise law three months after assuming the Speaker’s role.
Ganesan remained in his seat throughout the PR meeting while the BN ignored the proceedings and conversed amongst themselves.
Pantai Remis assemblyperson Nga Kor Ming, of the DAP, said he wanted to lodge a police report because a police officer was rough with him as he entered the House.
Outside the state assembly premises, the situation was under control.
About 200 PR supporters gathered near the Perak DAP office nearby, with some among the crowd performing the solat hajat and others shouting various slogans.
Ipoh police chief ACP Azisman Alias said the situation was under control and there was no illegal assembly.
He said more than 200 police officers were deployed around the state assembly building and that police instructions were adhered to.
Azisman said a police helicopter hovering above the building helped to monitor traffic flow. — Bernama