Apa sedang berlaku di Perak? (dikemaskini)

Opinion

Zambry struggles for legitimacy
MAY 7 — Having been installed as mentri besar
by the palace, Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Dr Zambry
Abd Kadir would naturally expect to
run Perak smoothly. It never crossed in
his mind that he would face such big challenges.
To date he has had great difficulty convincing
the people that he is the legitimate MB and
not Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin.

The noble intentions and the sweet words
alone cannot replace the people’s perception
that his government is an illegitimate one.
Like it or not he has to live with such a
tagline throughout his tenure as MB.

This is the price that he has to pay
when his party robbed a state which was
duly installed by the rakyat in the last general
election. Nizar may lose the governance but
he has managed to garner overwhelming
support from people of all walks of life,
transcending religious and racial barriers.

Since being appointed as MB, Zambry has
been struggling for legitimacy. For now
there seems to be no light at the end
of the tunnel.

His feeble attempt to depict Nizar as a traitor
did not work. The people just would not buy
his argument that by failing to resign Nizar
has been acting in defiance of the Sultan’s
prerogative powers. In fact, the people
responded to such an argument by saying
we are more comfortable with the alleged
traitor than a confirmed robber. If you can
rob a state how are we convinced that you
are not going to rob our money and our dignity.

Zambry tried in vain to kill Nizar’s lawsuit at
the infancy stage through the instrument of
the Attorney-General’s office. When the
matter was first heard before Justice
Lau Bee Lan, the A-G sought to fast
track the matter by asking the judge to
refer to the matter to the Federal Court.
What A-G did was definitely wrong as at
that time the A-G was not party to the action,
thus he had no business asking the court
to refer to the matter to the Federal Court.
Despite vehement objections by Nizar’s
lawyer, the judge, with due respect,
bowed to the A-G’s pressure and in turn
referred the matter to Federal Court.
Despite being asked to stay the referral
pending an appeal to the Court of Appeal,
the judge didn’t bother to grant an order of stay.

When the matter went to the Court of Appeal,
the latter affirmed the decision of the High Court.
Thus Nizar was prematurely forced to go to
the Federal Court. Zambry was too confident
that he would obtain a victorious judgment in
the Federal Court, thus wiping out Nizar’s suit
against him once and for all. But God was
with Nizar. The Federal Court unanimously
overturned the High Court’s decision and
remitted the matter to the High Court again.
The Federal Court judges in unison rejected
the A-G’s argument that the matter could be
referred to under section 84 of the Court of
Judicature Act as that very section dealt with
the interpretation of the Federal Constitution
whereas Nizar’s suit involved the state Constitution.

The matter went back to High Court and this
time before a new judge. Zambry was still adamant
to have Nizar’s case dismissed at the preliminary stage.
Hence the A-G played his role again. This time
the A-G objected to Nizar’s application for leave
for judicial review. Under Order 53 of the Rules of
High Court 1980, any application for leave for
judicial review needs to get leave from the court.
The application must be served on the A-G.
The A-G has the right to object. As a matter of
practice the A-G will not object unless such an
application is clearly frivolous. Nizar’s application
definitely does not belong to the frivolous category,
thus one would expect the A-G not to mount any
objection. But raise an objection was what the A-G did.

The A-G contended that Nizar was challenging the
Sultan’s prerogative power. Nizar’s suit,
the A-G argued, was in fact an attempt to challenge
the Sultan’s power through the backdoor.

On April 3, the court, in granting leave to Nizar’s
application for a judicial review against Zambry,
held that such an application was not frivolous.
The court concurred with Nizar’s lawyers that
he has passed the minimum threshold required in
the leave application.

The judgment of the court simply means Nizar
has been able to establish an arguable case
against Zambry. The judge declined to uphold
the A-G’s strenuous objection. Rejecting the
A-G’s argument that Nizar was challenging
the Sultan’s prerogative power, the learned
High Court judge held that Nizar has every
right to assert on what authority Zambry
could say that he is the lawful mentri besar
when Nizar claims himself as the legitimate
MB of Perak.

This has frustrated Zambry. Not only has
his dream that Nizar’s suit would be terminated
at the preliminary stage not materialise but
he now needs to put up a credible defence.
He has engaged a private lawyer to defend him.
Despite being unlucky in his first attempt to refer
the matter to the Federal Court, he continued
with his second attempt to fast track the suit.
He hoped to get a judgment in his favour before
the sitting of the Perak assembly today.
He desperately wanted to go to the state
assembly as a legitimate MB. Thus he needs
to be armed with a court judgment proclaiming
that he is the legitimate MB of Perak.

Once again God was with Nizar. Zambry’s
attempt to get the Federal Court hear and
dispose of the matter failed once again.
The Federal Court unanimously dismissed
Zambry’s application. Thus the matter was
remitted to the High Court.

The High Court heard the matter on May 4
and then continued on May 5 and 6. Zambry
wanted badly a judgment in his favour before
May 7. The court has not made any decision .
In fact the court wanted Nizar’s lawyer
to make a closing speech on May 7.

Umno may be proud of ultimately being able
to convene a state assembly sitting on May 7,
of course, with the aid of the police who can be
found everywhere in Ipoh.

Whether Zambry also shares the same pride
remains unclear. Without a judgment by the
court proclaiming him as a valid MB, his
presence in the state assembly today has
no beneficial meaning. For the people on
the street he is still an illegitimate MB a.k.a
a trouble maker.

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DUN Perak kecoh, BN-PR bertegang
May 7, 09 8:31am
Berikut perkembangan
terkini di Perak
:

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.”

4.55pm Ahli parlimen PAS
Salahuddin Ayub memberitahu Malaysiakini,
semua wakil rakyat – termasuk beliau sendiri –
yang ditahan pagi ini di balai polis Sungai Senam
telah dibebaskan jam 4.30 petang.

Beberapa puluh orang yang turut ditahan
kebanyakannya sudah dibebaskan.

Bagaimanapun ahli parlimen PKR Zuraida Kamaruddin
pula berkata, semua wakil rakyat dibebaskan
kecuali D Jeyakumar, ahli parlimen Sungai Siput.

Tian Chua yang ditahan sebentar tadi baru
dibawa masuk jam 4.30 petang di balai tersebut,
kata ketua Wanita PKR.

4.12pm Speaker asal
V Sivakumar tiba-tiba masuk semula
ke dewan DUN. Sidang akhbar akan diadakan
di dalam dewan tersebut sebentar lagi.

4.05pm Pemangku Raja Perak,
Raja Nazrin Shah berangkat meninggalkan dewan.

Menteri besar BN Datuk Zambry Abd Kadir
mencadangkan persidangan itu ditangguhkan
dengan disambut jeritan wakil-wakil Pakatan
Rakyat “bubarkan DUN”.

Speaker baru R Ganesan menangguhkan
persidangan DUN ke suatu tarikh yang akan
ditetapkan.

4.05pm Naib Presiden
PAS Mohamad Sabu – yang ditahan
semalam di Kuala Lumpur – dibebaskan jam
3.30 petang di mahkamah Tanjung Malim,
Perak setelah magistret menolak permohonan
reman pihak polis.

Beliau dibebaskan dengan jaminan polis dan
disambut isterinya Normah Alwi dan seorang
anak mereka di situ.

4pm Pemimpin PKR
Tian Chua ditahan polis di belakang bangunan
sekretariat kerajaan Perak sewaktu
cuba menyambut kehadiran wakil-wakil rakyat
Pakatan yang akan keluar dewan selepas
perasmian sebentar tadi.

3.47pm Pemangku Raja Perak,
Raja Nazrin Shah menamatkan titah ucapan
baginda dalam perasmian pembukaan sidang
dewan setelah menyampaikan ucapan
kira-kira setengah jam.

Baginda menyentuh pakej rangsangan ekonomi
tetapi tidak mengulas isu-isu politik.

3.15pm Pemangku Raja Perak,
Raja Nazrin Shah berangkat masuk ke dewan
untuk majlis rasmi pembukaan persidangan DUN.

Baginda kemudian bertitah kepada
Datuk Seri Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin (PAS-Pasir Panjang)
dan Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham (DAP-Sitiawan).

Mohamad Nizar kemudian menyeru semua
ADUN Pakatan agar duduk dan mereka semua
kembali di tempat masing-masing.

3.13pm V Sivakumar
dibawa oleh kumpulan polis ke satu tempat
yang tidak didedahkan. Hanya isteri beliau
dibenarkan berjumpa ADUN DAP itu.

3.12pm Kenderaan rasmi
Speaker DUN V Sivakumar jenis Toyota Camry
dengan nombor pendaftaran AFD 999 kelihatan
keluar dengan seorang penumpang wanita tetapi
ADUN DAP itu tidak berada di dalamnya.

3.10pm R Ganesan, speaker
baru lantikan BN, memulakan persidangan
dewan dengan meminta seorang pegawai
DUN membacakan doa.

Beliau juga mengarah keluar dua ADUN Pakatan –
Chan Ming Kai (PKR-Simpang Pulai) dan
Chang Lih Kang (PKR-Teja) – tetapi mereka enggan.

Speaker itu kemudian menangguhkan dewan
bagi menunggu keberangkatan tiba Pemangku
Raja Perak, Raja Nazrin Shah.

3pm Ketua Pemuda
PAS Salahuddin Ayub, yang sedang ditahan
polis di balai polis Sungai Senam di Ipoh,
memberitahu Malaysiakini melalui
telefon bahawa beliau tidak pasti bila akan
dibebaskan.

Beberapa lagi ahli parlimen – Zuraida Kamaruddin
(PKR-Ampang) dan Mujahid Yusof Rawa (PAS-Parti Buntar) –
juga sudah memberikan keterangan kepada polis.

Katanya, kira-kira 40 lagi turut ditahan pagi ini
berdekatan bangunan DUN Perak yang menyaksikan
persidangan genting bagi Pakatan Rakyat dan BN.

Difahamkan polis 13 orang orang setakat ini,
tetapi jumlah mereka yang ditahan tidak dapat
diperolehi. Usaha menghubungi polis gagal.

Seorang tokoh DAP Lim Kit Siang berkata
64 orang ditahan.

2.55pm Kumpulan “pegawai”
mengelilingi tempat duduk Speaker – kini diambil
alih oleh R Ganesan – untuk mengawal keadaan.

2.41pm Sekumpulan lelaki
berjaket, dengan tag nama “pegawai”,
yang dilaporkan anggota polis mengheret
V Sivakumar dan memaksanya keluar dewan.

2.35pm Usaha pengawal
dewan dan kakitangan DUN mengalihkan
V Sivakumar dari tempat duduknya dibantah
oleh Speaker tersebut dan sekumpulan
ADUN Pakatan Rakyat.

Sementara sekumpulan ADUN Pakatan yang
lain cuba membawa keluar Ganesan, speaker
lantikan BN, dari dewan.

2.15pm Persidangan dewan
negeri Perak bersambung. Wakil-wakil rakyat
Pakatan cuba menghalang R Ganesan, speaker
lantikan BN, memasuki dewan.

Suasana kelam-kabut dan tidak menentu
di dalam bangunan tersebut. Saling
tolak-menolak dan tumbuk-menumbuk,
beberapa ADUN kelihatan nerdiri di atas meja.

Bebarapa pegawai polis masuk ke dalam
dewan DUN bagi menenangkan keadaan,
dengan disambut jeritan ADUN Pakatan
agar mereka meninggalkan dewan.

Pada waktu yang sama, wakil-wakil rakyat
pula berusaha membuang keluar V Sivakumar
dari tempat duduk Speaker – tetapi beliau
masih dikelilingi oleh beberapa ADUN Pakatan.

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 Enggan meninggalkan
dewan R Ganesan, speaker baru lantikan BN,
mengumumkan penangguhan sidang dewan
DUN Perak selama sejam lagi.

Keadaan kembali tenang dengan kedua-dua
pihak duduk kembali di tempat masing-masing.

12.45pm Thomas Su, ADUN
Pasir Pinji, mengunjukkan sekeping wang RM50
ke arah timbalan Speaker, Hee Yit Foong,
sambil menjerit “pergi mampus” dalam dialek Kantonis.

ADUN Aulong, Yew Tian Hoe pula kemudian
membaling dua keping wang kertas RM1 ke arah
Hee, yang juga ADUN Jelapang.

Bekas ADUN DAP itu, kini wakil rakyat bebas, mengambil wang itu dan mencarik-carikkannya.

Wakil-wakil rakyat BN merakamkan gelagat dua ADUN DAP itu dengan video telefon mereka, sementara tindakan serupa dibuat oleh ADUN Pakatan.

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, meninggalkan dewan.

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.

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.

11.22am V Sivakumar, speaker Pakatan, memulakan semula persidangan DUN walaupun R Ganesan, speaker BN, menangguhkannya sebentar tadi.

perak state assembly chaos in the assmbly between speakers and state reps 070509 04Walaupun tanpa mikrofon, Sivakumar tetap meneruskan arahannya yang awal agar tujuh ADUN BN termasuk menteri besar mereka Zambry dan tiga wakil bebas meninggalkan dewan.

Jika mereka enggan berbuat demikian, beliau enggan memulakan persidangan tersebut.

Kedua-dua pihak bertikam lidah sekali lagi dari tempat duduk masing-masing, tidak seperti tadi.

Wakil-wakil rakyat Pakatan berkumpul di sekeliling menteri besar mereka Datuk Seri Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin dan berbincang dengan mereka tindakan selanjutnya.

Kedua-dua pihak masih bertegang leher tetapi tidak sehangat tadi.

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