(Updated 4:41pm, 5 Feb 2009)
Sultan Azlan Shah (source: sultan.perak.gov.my)
IPOH, 5 Feb 2009: Sultan Azlan Shah has decided not to give his consent to the dissolution of the Perak state assembly and has ordered Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and his state executive council to step down with immediate effect.
The office of the Sultan of Perak, in a statement today, said that after meeting all the 28 Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblypersons and the three independents, the sultan was convinced that Mohammad Nizar had ceased to command the confidence of the majority of the state assembly members.
“If Datuk Seri Ir Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin does not resign his post as Perak menteri besar together with the members of the state executive council, the posts of menteri besar and state executive councillors are considered vacant,” the statement said.
The four-page statement, signed by the sultan’s private secretary, Col Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohamad Nor, was issued at 2.15pm.
It said that Mohammad Nizar had an audience with the sultan yesterday to seek the sultan’s consent to dissolve the Perak state assembly.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, as Perak Barisan Nasional chairperson, also sought an audience with the sultan and was granted one today.
At the audience this morning, he informed the ruler that the BN and its supporters, altogether numbering 31, now had the majority in the state assembly.
The statement said that the sultan, to verify the information, summoned all the 31 assemblypersons before him.
“After meeting the 31 state assemblypersons, his Royal Highness, the Sultan of Perak was convinced that YAB Datuk Seri Ir Haji Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin had ceased to command the confidence of the majority of the state assembly members,” it said.
It also said that the sultan had considered thoroughly Mohammad Nizar’s application yesterday for consent to dissolve the Perak state assembly.
“His Royal Highness used his discretion under Article XVIII (2)(b) of the Perak Darul Ridzuan state constitution and did not consent to the dissolution of the Perak state assembly,” it added.
Mohammad Nizar was summoned to an audience to be informed of the sultan’s decision not to dissolve the state government. And in accordance with the provisions of XVI (6) of the state constitution, Sultan Azlan Shah ordered him to resign from his post as Perak menteri besar together with the members of the state executive council with immediate effect, the statement said. — Bernama