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4 theSun | FRIDAY FEBRUARY 6 2009

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Nizar surprises all by
showing up at event
BAGAN SERAI: Amid tensions between
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and Barisan Nasional KUALA LUMPUR: The Bar Council

Bar Council: Respect
(BN) over the Perak state assembly tur- yesterday called on the Perak govern-
moil, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd Nizar ment to abide by the decision of the
Jamaluddin surprised a morning function Perak Sultan for Mentri Besar Datuk
yesterday by showing up with Prime Min- Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin
ister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. and the state executive council mem-
The two leaders from opposing coali- bers to resign from their posts.
tions were the centre of attention as they Its president Datuk Ambiga Sree-

Sultan’s decision
smiled and chatted with each other dur- nevasan said she was convinced Sul-
ing the launch of Sime Darby Bhd’s new tan Azlan Shah had made the decision
rice farm here. guided by the law and therefore, the
Not missing on the peculiar timing of decision should not be questioned.
their presence together, Sime Darby chair- “The question now is whether the
man Tun Musa Hitam good-humouredly mentri besar has the majority in the
acknowledged Nizar in his opening state assembly to govern the state,”
remarks, quipping that he was “still the she told reporters after the presenta- decide whether to call for by-elec- government under the mentri besar “We have a ruler and the country
mentri besar”. tion of the Certificate in Legal Practice tions in the two state constituencies had sought an audience to get his is practising the constitutional mon-
This prompted laughter and applause to the recipients by the Raja Muda of (Behrang and Changkat Jering). consent as it was the Sultan’s right. archy system not only at the federal
from the audience, as Nizar smiled and Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, at the In KOTA BARU, Kelantan Mentri “It’s just that we (Pakatan Rakyat) level but also state level.
waved. Abdullah chipped in: “There is Putra World Trade Centre yesterday. Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat must question and study why the “The sovereignty of a state rests
good news coming from Perak.” Mohammad Nizar has refused to said he respects the decision of the Perak assemblymen had defected on the rulers. As such, it is befitting
The interaction between the two step down as mentri besar as ordered Sultan of Perak not to dissolve the and caused the political situation and a must and the onus should be
remained cordial until Nizar had to rush by Sultan Azlan Shah as he believes state assembly and asking his mentri in Perak to become chaotic. There on us to obey and uphold the order
off at about 11.30am, telling reporters that he still legally holds the post besar to resign, as His Highness has must be something that’s not right of our rulers.
that he had been summoned by the Perak under the Perak state Constitution. the right and power to do so. and planned by certain quarters,” he “So, it is proper for us not to
Sultan. On the validity of the resigna- However, he said what needed to said when met by Bernama at his disobey (the order), otherwise it will
tion letters purportedly sent by the be looked into and questioned was residence in Kampung Pulau Melaka, be misconstrued as breaching (the
It’s a warning to PR, two Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen what transpired that led to the deci- near here yesterday. law) or disobedient, thus committing
(Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi and Mohd sion by the Sultan. In KUALA LUMPUR, Information an act of treason to the Sultan,” he
says Taib Mahmud Osman Mohd Jailu), Ambiga said the “I don’t question the decision of Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek told reporters after opening the pre-
KUCHING: The political imbroglio that matter could be brought to court. the Sultan of Perak in not consenting said Nizar’s refusal to resign from his screening of a documentary, Europe
broke out in Perak is a warning to Based on the court’s decision, she to the dissolution of the state as- post as ordered by the Sultan of Perak through the Eyes of Malaysians here
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) which previously added, the Election Commission could sembly although the Pakatan Rakyat can be considered an act of treason. yesterday. – Bernama
was very ambitious to form a govern-
ment at the federal level, Sarawak
Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib
Mahmud said yesterday.
He said the collapse of the PR Perak
Razaleigh: Polls sole source of govt’s authority
by Giam Say Khoon “Instead, we are now seen to be it should be trying to win back at the
government should serve as a lesson ‘winning back’ Perak with the crosso- next general election.
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for the three-party alliance with regard ver of exactly the kind of low-calibre “Come next general election, they
to their desire to set up a new federal PETALING JAYA: Umno’s Gua Musang individuals, as one commentator put it, are likely to reject both our state and
government by claiming a number of MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah warns who we should shun,” he said. parliamentary candidates with greater
Barisan Nasional (BN) representives that the people will be angry if the Perak Razaleigh said the circumstances of vehemence, and not just in Perak. BN
would cross over. state assembly is not dissolved for the the defections, complete with mysteri- should reform to improve its ability to
“Don’t start this form of political people to elect a new government. ous disappearances, sudden reversals, serve with distinction. This is a long-
hijacking. It is a lesson for PR. They In his blog (razaleigh.com) yester- and implausible explanations, showed term project that requires immediate
are bearing the brunt of this,” said day, Razaleigh said defections cannot ample signs of illegal inducement. “No focus. We do not need the distraction
Taib who is Sarawak BN chairman. be the basis for the formation of a matter what the truth of the matter, of transient, shaky victories when our
– Bernama government. let us not fool ourselves. People will task is to upgrade ourselves to win
“Governments are formed after not believe that these crossovers were elections again, fair and square.
PKR to hold special citizens have expressed their choice honest and the mistrust will taint any
government formed on the back of
“The is the only sustainable way to
win the public back to BN,” he said.
through free and fair elections. Our
congress on Feb 28 Constitution specifies a formal process crossovers. What others say:
people. Let them decide who should
govern the state, let them choose their
KOTA KINABALU: Parti Keadilan Rakyat for the formation of a government. The “Elections are the sole source of
(PKR) will hold a special congress on Feb Ruler is sworn to uphold and protect the government’s authority in a demo- » Aliran president P. Ram- government through the democratic
process.
28 to reform its structure. this constitutional process,” he said. cratic society,” he stressed. akrishnan
Its treasurer-general William Leong The former finance minister and Razaleigh added that if the Ruler If the majority of three was insuf- » Nutgraph columnist and
said during the congress the party would former Umno vice-president said ethical decides not to accede to the mentri ficient to guarantee the stability of the political analyst Wong Chin
amend its constitution to cater to the ef- failures “are the core of our political prob- besar’s request for the dissolution Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state government, Huat
fects of the political tsunami which began lems and Umno is in critical condition”. of the state assembly and “Barisan how could the same majority of three A snap poll is the best way to
in the 12th general election. “Our biggest challenge, both as a Nasional (BN) is invited to form a state ensure the stability for BN govern- end the existing instability and allow
Speaking during his visit yesterday, party and as the ruling party, is to tackle government on the basis of defec- ment? the new government to get on with
corruption at every level. We are under tions, what more dubious ones, I think This uncertainty caused by a slim business. A snap poll called in this cir-
Leong, who is also Selayang MP, said
close public scrutiny in addressing this it would anger a large section of the majority will continue to haunt and cumstance is almost certain to return
PKR’s grassroots programmes would
problem. Unless we implement radical Malaysian public”. hound whoever is in charge of the a stronger government, whether it is
include explaining wealth distribution to state government henceforth. The Pakatan Rakyat or the BN. Going for
reforms and are seen to be doing so, He said Umno’s taking control
the people, instead of wealth creation. present impasse can only be settled flash elections would therefore kill the
we are finished politically come next without resorting to elections would
– Bernama by referring this grave matter to the incentive for more defections.
election. cement the enmity of the very people