PARIT BUNTAR, 4 MARCH 2009: Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said yesterday’s “emergency session” of the state assembly, held under a tree, was to embarrass the nation in the eyes of the world.
“I don’t want to speculate, but we can see that they had prepared for the session, with some carrying posters that read ‘The World is Watching’,” he told reporters after chairing the state executive council meeting today.
“It was as if the session was staged for the world to see,” he said, when asked to comment on the session held under a tree about 100m from the Perak Darul Ridzuan building, which houses the state legislative assembly.
State Legislative Assembly Speaker V Sivakumar called the session after he and 27 PAS, DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat assemblypersons were stopped by police from entering the building.
The session “approved” three motions expressing support for Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as the menteri besar, calling for the dissolution of the state assembly to pave the way for a fresh election, and affirming the speaker’s decision to suspend Zambry and his six state executive councillors from the state legislative assembly.
The session attracted about 300 onlookers and received wide coverage from local and foreign media.
Zambry said the session was also an attempt by the opposition to disrupt the state’s administration.
“But I will continue to discharge my duties as usual … we cannot be bothered by such incident,” he said.
Perak state legislative assembly secretary Abdullah Antong Sabri had previously said the state legislative assembly sitting was illegal as it did not have the consent of the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah.
Yesterday, the Ipoh High Court issued an order restraining Sivakumar from convening any unlawful sitting of the state assembly.
Judicial Commissioner Ridwan Ibrahim granted the injunction sought by Zambry and the six state executive councillors to stop Sivakumar from convening any unlawful sitting. — Bernama