Perak oh Perak : Ketenangan diperlukan (updated 2255hrs)

Keputusan oleh Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur hari ini telah mengembalikan status MB Nizar sebagai Menteri Besar Perak yang sah.

Huru-hara dan pencabulan Dewan Undangan Negeri Perak dengan adegan yang sungguh mengaibkan imej Dewan yang mulia itu, sama sekali tidak boleh dibenarkan berulang kembali.

Ahli-Ahli Dun Pakatan Rakyat sewajarnya mengembalikan dan mengekalkan kemuliaan dan kebijaksanaan institusi perundangan itu setelah Mahkamah dengan jelas menetapkan Nizar sebagai Menteri Besar Perak yang sah. Mereka (Adun Pakatan Rakyat) berperanan mewujudkan ketenangan dengan sikap dan akhlak terpuji dalam menerima dan menantikan suasana serta peraturan di persidangan Dun Perak dipulihkan.

Implikasi keputusan Mahkamah tersebut akan mengubah segala-galanya kembali seperti dahulu – termasuk soal rumah dan kereta MB, Barisan Exco Perak, bahkan gaji mereka akan dikira kembali semenjak krisis kerajaan Perak bermula.

Ahli-Ahli Dun Pakatan Rakyat sewajarnya bersikap mulia dengan tindakan dan pengucapan yang yang melambang hemah yang tinggi apabila Adun BN menyerahkan kembali segalanya kepada Pakatan Rakyat nanti.

Mengingat nasihat MB Kelantan, Tuan Guru Nik Aziz kepada Elizabeth Wong:

Jangan amalkan 3D: Dendam, Dengki, Degil.

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Court rules Nizar is legitimate MB
Hafiz Yatim | May 11, 09 10:54am Malaysiakini.com
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The Kuala Lumpur High Court today paved the way for a fresh  battle in Perak by declaring that BN’s Zambry Abd Kadir is not the legitimate menteri besar of Perak.

Justice Abdul Aziz Abd Rahim then proclaimed Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as the rightful Perak menteri besar.

nizar jamaluddin win court case at duta court house 110509 “He is, and was, at all material times the chief minister of Perak,” Abdul Aziz told the court.

His decision rubberstamped ousted Pakatan Rakyat MB Mohammad Nizar’s argument that he is the legitimate menteri besar.

Zambry’s lawyer Cecil Abraham’s application for a stay of proceedings pending an appeal was also rejected by the court.

Justice Abdul Aziz delivered his judgment at 2.34pm in a courtroom filled with Pakatan Rakyat leaders. He read his judgment for more than one hour and 10 minutes and granted all the prayers that Mohammad Nizar had sought.

Abdul Aziz in reading his judgment laid out the facts of the case, where he highlighted the cause and results of the political impasse as a result of the defection of the three state assemblypersons – namely Mohd Osman Jailu (Changkat Jering), Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (Behrang) and Hee Yit Foong (Jelapang).

The judge said if the Sultan of Perak had wanted to order Mohammad Nizar’s resignation, he should have called the assembly to table a motion of no-confidence against PAS leader.

He said that a new menteri besar could not be appointed as the office had not been vacated.

He also noted that state legal advisor Ahmad Kamal Md Shahid’s affidavit contradicted Mohammad Nizar’s version of events and decided to consider the latter’s version.

“The court cannot accept the state legal advisor’s testimony as he seemed to be a partisan witness,” he said.

What are the sultan’s powers?

The judge noted that the Sultan of Perak can use his absolute discretion in the appointment of the menteri besar and also grant a dissolution to the assembly.

“However, once the menteri besar is in office he is not under the pleasure of the sultan but under the Perak legislative assembly,” he said.

“Hence, the sultan cannot order for his resignation but this must be done through a vote of non-confidence at the state legislative assembly.”

“However, based on democratic practise, the only measure to oust Mohammad Nizar was through a vote of non-confidence against him.

“As I have state earlier any vote of non-confidence should be on the floor of the state legislative assembly,” he said.

“Only under these circumstances can the menteri besar be forced to resign,” he said.

The decision is now set to bring about more uncertainty in the state.

Nizar to meet sultan

Only last Thursday, Zambry and the BN coalition had made some inroads in the state assembly by removing the Pakatan appointed speaker V Sivakumar and replaced him with R Ganesan from MIC.

Mohammad Nizar had sought a declaration that he was the rightful menteri besar and to prevent Zambry from discharging his duty.

nizar jamaluddin win court case at duta court house 110509 02The state has been in a political impasse since February after Sultan Azlan Shah urged Mohammad Nizar to step down and appointed Zambry as the menteri besar.

The sultan’s decision was based on the defection of the three Pakatan elected representatives to become BN-friendly independents.

Mohammad Nizar however has questioned the legitimacy of Zambry’s appointment and has been pushing for the state assembly to be dissolved so that fresh elections can be held.

Mohammad Nizar’s lawyers previously argued in the court that if he obtained the declaration, he would seek a fresh mandate to resolve the political deadlock.

At present Pakatan and BN have 28 seats each in the state assembly but the three BN-friendly independents have shaded the power towards the BN side.

A painful three months

After the decision, Mohammad Nizar said he will seek an audience with the sultan in Ipoh immediately to dissolve the state assembly and pave the way for a state election.

nizar jamaluddin win court case at duta court house 110509 01However it is learnt that the sultan is away from the country and Mohammad Nizar would only be able to meet with the Perak regent tomorrow morning.

He is also expected to hold a Pakatan exco meeting later tonight.

st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } “The three months have been very painful,” he said outside the court.

“This is a victory for the people of Malaysia. It also shows the judiciary can be depended on,” he told AFP.

“I will call for fresh elections. We will give it back to the people.”

Senior state DAP leader Nga Kor Ming told Malaysiakini that the Pakatan state meeting would be held at 11pm tonight in Ipoh. A meeting involving state Pakatan leaders will be held tomorrow morning.

Zambry meanwhile is on his way to Kuala Lumpur for Umno’s 63rd anniversary celebrations tonight.

He was quoted in Bernama as saying that he accepted the court’s decision with an open heart.

“Me and my friends will take the next action according to the law,” he said.

“We will pack up and vacate the office as soon as possible”.

Security has also be tightened at the state secretariat building in Ipoh with several Federal Reserve Unit trucks placed in the vicinity.

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