Perak speaker calls emergency state assembly meet
Feb 27, 09 5:28pm
Perak speaker V Sivakumar today called for an emergency state assembly sitting on March 3. The assembly is expected to vote on two motions related to the constitutional crisis in the state.
The first motion by Titi state representative Khalil Idham Lin Abdullah is for a vote of confidence for Pakatan Rakyat’s ousted menteri besar Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin.
The second motion by Chang Lih Kang (PKR-Teja) is for the state assembly to be dissolved in order to hold a fresh elections.
V SivakumarAccording to Bernama, Sivakumar said the emergency session does not require the sultan’s consent as the 14-day notice is only issued for normal sittings and not emergency sittings.
He said the Perak state assembly secretary Abdullah Antong has been instructed to send out the notice as soon as possible to all the representatives.
BN Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir and his six executive councillors however will not be issued the notice.
Last week, Sivakumar had suspended Zambry and the excos for a period of 18 months and 12 months respectively for acting in contempt of the state assembly.
Just following the standing orders
Asked if calling for the emergency session without the sultan’s consent can be regarded as not respecting the ruler, the speaker said he was merely following the House’s standing orders.
He also refused to comment when asked what would happen if all the BN representatives refuse to attend or if the suspended members chose to attend.
slim majority in perak update 040209When contacted, Zambry declined to comment on the latest development apart from saying, “That is their (Pakatan Rakyat) real character.”
Perak has been turmoil since BN seized control of the state following the defection of four Pakatan Rakyat representatives.
Three declared themselves as ‘BN-friendly’ independents while the other had rejoined Umno.