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5.06pm: Nizar leaves the
building and is seen waving at journalists as well
as police personnel.
5.03pm: Sivakumar leaves
the state secretariat building. His car briefly stops at the gates
to allow photographers to snap a few shots.
5pm: Nizar tells a press
conference that as far as Pakatan is concerned,
the House did not sit today. He says that
whatever BN did was “illegal and unconstitutional”.
As for the regent’s speech, the ousted
MB describes it “as just a royal speech,
nothing more than that. It is not opening the assembly.”
4.30pm: PAS’ Salahuddin Ayub
says all the elected reps arrested earlier
have been released.
4.05pm: Perak Regent Nazrin
leaves the chamber. BN-appointed MB Zambry
suggests for the House to be adjourned.
Pakatan reps repeatedly shout
‘Dissolve the assembly’ again.
New speaker Ganesan adjourns the
assembly to a date to be decided.
Pakatan reps to call press conference.
4pm: PKR election
strategy director and
Tian Chua is arrested
building in Ipoh.
The police inform him
that the area has
been cordoned off.
politician tells police
that he is there to greet
his Pakatan colleagues.
Although he was accompanied
by PKR treasurer
William Leong and several
other party leaders,
the police only detained him.
He is forcefully
dragged to an unmarked
3.47pm: Raja Nazrin ends his royal speech.
He does not touch on the ongoing political crisis
in the state during his 30-minute speech.
He spoke on the stimulus packages and
development of the state. A closing prayer
session is underway.
official car is seen returning to the state
secretariat building with the same woman passenger.
3.16pm: Order is restored
in the House and Raja Nazrin starts his royal address,
which has been delayed for almost six hours.
3.15pm: ROUND 4 –
BN SPEAKER FULLY IN CHARGE
Regent of Perak Raja Nazrin enters the House
and talks to ousted MB Nizar and DAP’s
Ngeh Khoo Ham. Following this, Nizar tells all Pakatan
reps to take their seat and they obey.
The police install a new chair for Ganesan as
the old speaker’s chair was damaged during
the earlier scuffle. The plainclothes personnel
have also left the House.
3.12pm: Sivakumar’s official
Toyota Camry bearing the registration plate ‘AFD 999′
is seen leaving the state secretariat building with
a woman passenger but the speaker is not in the car.
3.10pm: Ganesan adjourns
the House in order to wait for the Regent of Perak
to deliver his official address.
3.05pm: Ganesan starts chairing
the meeting and calls for the customary prayers
to be recited. He also calls for the removal of
two Pakatan reps but no action is taken to do so.
Sivakumar’s wife, who is in assembly, is enraged
and demands to see her husband. The ‘officials’
then take her to see the Pakatan speaker but
nobody else is allowed to meet him.
3pm: PAS Youth chief Salahuddin Ayub
who was arrested this morning
tells Malaysiakini via telephone
that he is being held at the Sungai Senang police
station in Ipoh.
He says some 40 others arrested this morning are
also at the station. He adds that he gave a
statement to the police but has not been informed
when he will be released.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that the police have released
13 people who were arrested this morning.
The exact number of those arrested could not be
ascertained but DAP leader Lim Kit Siang said
the number stood at 64.
2.55pm: The same group of ‘officials’
escort Ganesan to the speaker’s chair.
2.41pm: A group of men clad
in jackets grab hold of Sivakumar and forcibly
remove him from the House. The men are believed
to be police personnel.
2.35pm: Attempts by
the sergeant-at-arms and state assembly
staff to remove Sivakumar are being resisted
by the speaker and Pakatan reps. Some other
Pakatan assemblypersons are continuing with
their attempts to eject BN speaker Ganesan
from the house.
2.30pm: The situation is still
chaotic in the house. The sergeant-at-arms is
now trying to remove Sivakumar from
the speaker’s chair to allow Ganesan to assume
2.15pm: ROUND 3 –
TUSSLE FOR SPEAKER’S SEAT
The assembly resumes. Pakatan reps are
trying to physically stop Ganesan from entering
There is a lot of pushing and shoving among
the state reps. A few punches are being thrown
about as well. A number of reps climb up the table.
It is complete pandemonium in the assembly.
A couple of police officers are now inside the assembly
to try to restore order. Pakatan reps shout at
the police to leave the assembly.
At the same time, the BN reps are trying to force
Sivakumar out of the speaker’s chair but he is
being protected by some Pakatan assemblypersons.
2.15pm: Assembly has resumed.
Pakatan reps are trying to physically stop Ganesan
from entering the chamber. There is a lot of pushing
and shoving among the state reps. A few punches
were thrown. A number of reps climb up the table.
It is complete pandemonium in the assembly.
A couple of police officers are now inside the assembly
to try to restore order. Pakatan reps shout at the police
to leave the assembly.
1.10pm Difahamkan Zambry bertemu
dengan Raja Nazrin Shah – yang dijadual membuka
secara rasmi persidangan DUN Perak pagi ini –
di luar dewan.
Tiada maklumat lengkap tentang pertemuan dan tujuannya.
12.55pm: BN speaker Ganesan
announces that the House will be adjourned for
another hour. This is the second adjournment he
has announced since been appointed by
the BN as the speaker.
As he is unfamiliar with the House standing orders and has to be helped by BN exco Hamidah (Sungai Rapat), he is laughed at by Pakatan reps.
Despite the adjournment, the elected reps remain
in the House.
12.50pm: Umno Youth’s Saiful Adli
files a police report against Sivakumar for ordering
Zambry and others out of the House. He says
this is in contempt of court.
12.45pm: The situation turns ugly in the House. Pakatan rep Thomas Su (Pasir Pinji) ridicules Ganesan by offering him RM50 and shouting ‘Go and die’ in Cantonese.
BN-friendly independent state rep and deputy
speaker Hee comes to Ganesan’s defence by
snatching away the money and tearing in into pieces.
Another Pakatan rep Yew Tian Hoe (Aulong) also throws some
papers at Ganesan. Other reps –
from both sides of the divide – are recording
the happenings in the House with their handphones.
Earlier Yew, a disabled person, claimed that
Yee had splashed him with pepper spray.12.37pm
Hampir semua ADUN Pakatan Rakyat mengerumuni
kawasan tempat duduk ADUN BN bagi meminta
R Ganesan – speaker baru lantikan BN yang
duduk di situ – meninggalkan dewan.
Kumpulan ADUN BN mempertahankan Ganesan,
dan berlaku sekali pertengkaran di dalam dewan
yang mulia itu. Berlaku sedikit pergelutan
seketika antara ADUN BN dan Pakatan tetapi
mereka kemudian menghentikannya.
Ganesan, bekas ADUN Sungkai dan pemimpin MIC Perak,
tetap berdegil dan terus duduk di situ.
12.15pm Speaker asal V Sivakumar
mengharamkan R Ganesan, speaker baru yang dilantik BN,
Kemudian beberapa ADUN Pakatan mendekati
Ganesan agar berbuat demikian dan mereka bertengkar.
Mengejutkan, wakil-wakil rakyat BN hanya duduk
dan memerhatikan gelagat tersebut, sambil membuat bising.12.15pm:
Its Speaker vs Speaker in the assembly now.
After an hour-long recess, the session continues
with Pakatan speaker Sivakumar asking BN
appointed speaker Ganesan to leave the dewan.
Five Pakatan reps have gone to Ganesan to ask him
to leave but latter is arguing with them over his status
as the speaker. BN reps are just watching the arguments.11.59am Tidak pasti
bila Pemangku Raja Perak,
Raja Nazrin Shah akan masuk ke dewan
untuk merasmikan pembukaan persidangan DUN Perak.
Kedua-dua kumpulan wakil rakyat BN dan
Pakatan sedang menunggu di dalam dewan.
Tiada lagi pertikaman lidah seperti sejak dua jam lalu.
Mereka sedang menunggu.
FROM THE EDGE:11.55am:
BN lawyers enter House on the sidelines.
They are Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun,
Datuk Shafee Abdullah and Zambry’s counsel
in suit against Sivakumar, Firoz Hussein
Ahmad Jamaluddin. State legal adviser
Datuk Ahmad Kamal Mohd Shahid was earlier
seen leaving the hall.
11.48am: Pakatan elected representatives told Malaysiakini
that their seating arrangements were changed
before they entered the house this morning –
moving their places from the right
of the speaker to the left.
However since they arrived into the house much
earlier than the BN reps, they just made the
necessary changes to sit in their original places at
the right of the speaker.
By convention, the ruling party sits in the right
of the speaker.
11.37am: A ceasefire seems
to be in place. Pakatan reps are still in discussion
with Mohammad Nizar while the BN reps are glued
to their seats, worried that Sivakumar would start
the sitting if they leave the house.
11.34am: Sivakumar is questioning
the legality of the decisions made by the BN side,
including the decision to appoint a new speaker.
He said that the assembly has not officially begun
as the Perak regent has yet to declare the sitting open.
He said Raja Nazrin should give a royal speech first
before the sitting officially starts.
11.30am: “As long as I am here,
the other speaker (Ganesan) is haram,” said Sivakumar
while attempting to start the assembly sitting.
His microphone is still turned off.11.25am:
Pakatan reps walk over to their ousted
MB Mohammad Nizar to discuss their next strategy.
The verbal salvos continue in the background.
11.23am: Sivakumar once again asks
the 10 BN reps to leave the House. Failing which,
he warns that he will not reconvene the sitting.
But as far as BN reps are concerned, their speaker
has adjourned the sitting. A shouting match erupts again.
11.21am: Amidst the pandemonium in
the House, BN still manages to pass four motions.
These include to remove Sivakumar as the speaker,
to appoint Ganesan as the new speaker,
to appoint new state committee members and
to declare the tree assembly illegal.11.20am: Zambry moves a motion to adjourn the sitting and
the motion is passed. The new speaker announces
that the sitting has been adjourned.
Pakatan reps respond by shouting ‘keluar’.
But both sides return to their seats later
while Sivakumar continues to occupy the speaker’s seat.
The House is calm again. The regent of Perak
has yet to deliver the royal address.
11.13am: BN representatives
seem to have the upper hand in the House
now with new speaker Ganesan controlling
the proceedings. His microphone is the only one
which is working at the moment. With Ganesan
chairing the proceedings, BN is now moving
a motion to appoint members of various
They are also moving a motion to declare that
the tree-assembly held on March 3 was illegal.
In that sitting, a motion moved by the Pakatan representatives to dissolve the assembly was passed. BN reps did not attend the sitting.
11.05am: Deputy speaker Hee Yit Foong, who is
now a BN-friendly independent, announces
that she has taken over from Sivakumar. Standing behind
a cordon of BN state reps, she orders
the sergeant-at-arms to expel Sivakumar.
However, no action is taken by the sergeant-at-arms.
BN-appointed MB Zambry again reads out
the motion to sack Sivakumar. All BN state
reps raise their hands in support. Zambry also
moves the motion to appoint R Ganesan as
the new speaker. This is again backed by
BN reps and the three BN-friendly Independents.
Ganesan walks into the assembly hall to accept
the speaker’s gown. He is quickly sworn in among
the turmoil, and signs the appointment document at
the BN side of the assembly.
Sivakumar, who is still occupying the speaker’s seat,
keeps shouting, “Speaker ini haram”
(He is an illegal speaker), referring to Ganesan.
Ganesan conducts the assembly meeting from
the floor among the BN state reps. Zambry
tries to move other motions to change a number of key posts.10.35am: Perak assembly still at a stand-off. Sivakumar keeps repeating that BN MB Zambry’s
motion to sack him as speaker is “null and void”
and orders the sergeant-at-arms to expel
the 10 state assemblypersons. However,
the sergeant-at-arms refuse to abide to
the speaker’s instruction.
A group of state reps from both sides surround Zambry
as the shouting match continues. Assembly
state secretary Abdullah Antung tries to talk
to the speaker, but he is ignored by Sivakumar.
Zambry maintains that the speaker has now
been sacked as BN controls the majority in the assembly.
10.25am: Contrary to the chaos
inside the assembly, the situation outside the
state secretariat is much calmer with the
police successfully dispersing the crowd.
The police have widened the no-go cordon,
as a result the coffees shops are deserted.
Earlier the police ordered all those having drinks
in the restaurants to leave immediately. Many left
without paying for their drinks. Two refused to
udge and were arrested.
10.20am: The impasse
between speaker V Sivakumar and
BN state reps continues. The speaker refuses to
begin proceedings unless the seven suspended
reps and three BN-friendly independents leave the hall.
Assembly secretary Abdullah Antung tries
to take his seat in front of the speaker.
But about 10 Pakatan reps walk up to him
and physically stop him from doing so.
They instruct Antung not to interfere
with assembly business as he is a civil servant.
Both sides then engage in a free-for-all shouting match.
Pakatan reps are also seen trying to prevent
BN MB Zambry from speaking.
Zambry moves motion to sack the speaker.
According to Zambry, the speaker has abused
his powers. All BN reps raise their hands in
support of Zambry. The motion was seconded by
But speaker Sivakumar however is unmoved.
He rejects the motion and says his decision to expel the 10 state reps is final. The assembly plunges into chaos.
Meanwhile, Raja Nazrin, who is to give his royal
address and officially open the assembly, waits in a VIP room.10.19am: Two more
politicians have been arrested by the police for
breaching the injunction against gathering at
the state secretariat –
Sungai Siput MP Dr D Jeyakumar (PSM)
and PAS’ MP for Parit Buntar Mujahid Yusof Rawa.
Also arrested was Malaysiakini columnist and activist Helen Ang.10.05am:
The speaker said his suspension of Zambry
and his six exco members was made in his
capacity as the chairperson of the privileges
and the special rights committee and not as the speaker.
He said the Federal Court decision was based
on his standing as a speaker and as such
the matter was inapplicable.
He also asked the three BN-friendly independents
to leave the assembly as his legal suit against
the three was still pending in court.
His order for the 10 to leave the assembly was
greeted by cheers and table-clapping by
the Pakatan representatives.
They shouted ‘keluar‘ (out) repeatedly.
However the 10 elected representatives are
still in the house. A shouting match between
the two sides is presently underway.
Nizar is seated in the right side of the speaker –
the place allocated for the ruling party
while Zambry is on the left.
9.55am: The action has
now moved inside the state assembly.
House speaker V Sivakumar, after immediately
taking his seat, asks the seven suspended
BN state reps including BN appointed
MB Zambry to leave the hall.
He says he won’t begin the assembly sitting
until they are out of the hall. According to Sivakumar,
he has the power to do so. Pakatan
state reps thump their table in support.
PAS youth chief and MP for Kubang
Kerian Salahuddin Ayub is arrested near
the ‘democracy tree’ behind the state
9.40am: Pakatan supporters,
estimated at around 200, are scattered in
various places near the state assembly building.
There is no crowd at the gate of the building.
The compound is barricaded by about 200 police.
9.30am: Perak crown prince
Raja Nazrin Shah arrives. He inspects
the guards of honour. Unlike the cold
reception given to BN MB Zambry,
all Pakatan state reps raise to their feet
o welcome Raja Nazrin.
He was greeted by Zambry, assembly speaker
Sivakumar and deputy speaker Hee Yit Foong
(who defected from DAP to become a
BN-friendly Independent rep).9.25am:
BN Menteri Besar Zambry Abd Kadir arrives
to inspect the guards of honour.
He shakes hand with assembly
speaker V Sivakumar. 9.23am:
All 59 state reps seated outside
the state secretariat building where
the opening ceremony will be held.
They are waiting for the arrival of
Perak crown prince Raja Nazrin Shah.
BN appointed state cabinet members
could be seen wearing ‘exco’ (executive councillor)
tags while Pakatan reps, including ousted MB Nizar,
were wearing ‘Adun’ (state representative)
9.15am: The police have
moved in to arrest people gathered at the restaurant,
including people having their breakfast.
Many people have been arrested.
Exact number of those arrested is uncertain.
The police first allowed those having their
breakfast to do so but then soon changed
their mind and started arresting them as well.
One man who was having tea lashed out at
the police for their actions. He was allowed
to have his tea and then was arrested.
The restaurant has decided to close its
shutters for the day.
9.11am: The police are issuing
warning to people who have gathered near
the state secretariat, asking them to disperse
by reminding them of the ban against gathering.
People having breakfast in a nearby restaurant
are also being told to get away. Fresh arrests are expected.
9.09am: The crowd which had gathered at the Umno
headquarters has started to disperse.
Umno Youth exco member Lokman Adam
told reporters that their members were now
free to do their own work.
“We gathered to show support this morning
and now that the assembly is about to start,
we have decided to disperse.
“We are not like the Pakatan crowd who want
to protest at the state secretariat despite
a police ban,” he said.
9.01am: The 11 people who have been arrested are herded into a police
lorry inside the state secretary compound.
They include one MP and
three state assemblypersons – Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin (PKR-Selangor) (photo: centre), Ayer Keroh state rep Khoo Poay Tiong (DAP-Malacca), Teratai state rep Jenice Lee (DAP-Selangor) and Bahau state rep Tey Kok Seong (DAP-Negri Sembilan).
The police lorry leaves the compound
with those inside shouting “1BlackMalaysia”,
“Dissolve the assembly” and “Reformasi”.
9am: All elected representatives
are getting ready for the official ceremony to start.
The regent is expected to arrive at any time.
8.59am: DAP’s Ipoh Timor
member of parliament Lim Kit Siang, under whose
area the state secretariat is located, is turned
away from the building.
Also with Lim are DAP’s MPs for Ipoh Barat M Kulasegaran
and Teluk Intan MP M Manogaran. The three MPs
had official invitations to attend the sitting from
In an ensuing shouting match with the police,
Kulasegaran’s aide was arrested.
8.50am: More arrests by the police. This time four people, including a Pakatan
elected representative from Negeri Sembilan
and Teratai state representative
Jenice Lee (centre in photo),
were arrested while having breakfast in a mamak stall.
8.47am: Batu MP Tian Chua,
who has donned a black suit, arrived at
the state secretariat compound. He was in
Tai Sing Ng (Perak’s Kuala Sepetang rep) car.
While Tai was allowed into the building, Chua
was told to stay outside the ‘500m exclusion zone’.
Chua left the area in another car.
So far, eight have been arrested, including
Ampang MP Zuraida (PKR-Selangor), Ayer Keroh
state rep Khoo (DAP-Malacca) and her aide.
8.45am: Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin,
who wanted to give a press conference outside
the state secretariat building, was arrested by the police.
She resisted, resulting in a slight scuffle.
Police officers forcibly subdued her and
put handcuffs on the parliamentarian.
“Why do you handcuff me?” she shouted at
the police. The Ayer Keroh state rep Khoo Poay Tiong
from Malacca, who was arrested minutes earlier, was also handcuffed.
8.44am: A group of Umno/BN
supporters numbering about 100 have started
to gather at the Umno headquarters since morning.
A spokesperson said they will be at the building until
the official opening of the state assembly sitting.
The crowd is carrying banners and placards.
Some police officers are on standby.
The police have totally cordoned off
the road behind the state secretariat
with barbed wires. A copy of an injunction obtained
yesterday to bar people from gathering has been
pasted on the ‘democracy tree’.
8.35am: Ousted menteri besar
Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin and Pakatan reps enter
the state secretariat building. All their bodyguards
are stopped at the gate. Only their drivers can
go through the entrance.
8.30am: All Barisan Nasional
elected representatives arrived at the state
secretariat in one bus. Their arrival is greeted
by a small group of demonstrators wearing black.
The demonstrators are located outside
the state secretariat.
The police have moved in to
stop the demonstration by arresting three people.
Among those arrested are DAP’s Ayer Keroh
elected representative Khoo Poay Tiong.
8.15am: Security is tight at
the Perak state secretariat building in Ipoh, where
the controversial legislative assembly meeting is
to be held. About 100 police and FRU personnel
have been deployed in the area.
Five FRU (riot police) trucks are at
the back entrance of the building complex.
The assembly hall will be opened at 9am. There will be a
guard of honour by crown prince Raja Nazrin Shah,
who is expected to represent the Perak sultan.
Journalists will be allowed into the hall at 9.45am.
The assembly will officially be opened by
Raja Nazrin, who will give his address to
the 59 assemblypersons.
8:05am: The 28 Pakatan Rakyat
state assemblypersons leave for the Perak
state secretariat building in a convoy from
the Grand View Hotel in Ipoh.
They were accompanied by assembly
speaker V Sivakumar and police escorts
complete with outriders. The hotel is about 600m
from the state secretariat building.
Earlier this morning, the state representatives
had breakfast together at a mamak stall near
the hotel. There are about 50 Pakatan supporters
milling around the area – all wearing black.
They are being watched by an equal
number of police.
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