Perak in Crisis or is it really?


Today, Najib brought his 27 Umno, 1 MCA and 3 Independent (2 ex-PKR, 1 ex-DAP) assemblymen to show to the Sultan of Perak that BN has the majority support of the State Parliament.  Thereafter, the Ruler gave his consent to the BN to form the new State Government and instructed Nizar to resign as the MB.

If YAB Datuk Seri Ir. Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin does not resign from his post as Perak Menteri Besar together with the state executive council members, then the posts of Menteri Besar and state executive councillors are regarded as vacant.

This statement is issued with the consent of Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Sultan of Perak Darul Ridzuan (read here).

To the BN, the takeover is a success (read here).

To the Ruler, he has satisfied himself with the proof Najib gave as having majority support of the Perak State Assembly by meeting the 28+3 assemblymen.

To Tun M, questionable assemblymen will taint Umno (read here).

To Tengku Razaleigh, Pakatan Rakyat remains the constitutional state government until they are defeated by a vote of no confidence by the BN and Independent assemblymen (read here).

To other legal authorities, they feel that the Ruler has made a mistake (read here).

To the Pakatan Rakyat, this is not over yet.  Nizar is refusing to resign and requests the Ruler to let the due process completes itself.  The court must decide if the 3 ex-PKR and DAP assemblymen’s resignations are valid or not.  Thereafter, a vote of confidence be carried out in the State Assembly sitting.

To the Police, the Pakatan Rakyat government is history.  They have locked down the State Secretariat Building (read here).  Such support for the Pakatan Rakyat elected state governments is unheard of.

Is there a real constitutional crisis brewing here or is it a figment of our imagination?

This has never happened before and the BN certainly has been taken over the majority control of the State Assembly with the help of 3 assemblymen whom the State Speaker has declared as having resigned but the assemblymen have denied otherwise.

So is it really BN 28+3 vs PR 28 or is it BN 28 vs PR 28 with 3 vacant seats?

Without the definite clarity from the court on the validity of the 3 assemblymen, the BN cannot establish the new State Government regardless what the Ruler says at this point in time.

Because it has involved the Ruler, nobody wants to be seen to be acting against the Sultan of Perak.  Rather, all diplomacy and urging of the Ruler to re-consider has taken place for the due process of law to take its course.

We seem to be heading to a crisis or a defiance against the Ruler or are there more surprises to unfold?

The people now knows how to vote in the next General Election or by-election and there is absolute clarity in how the next GE will pan out.

It’s OK for Najib to do it but it’s not OK for Anwar to do it.  For now, patience and good sense must prevail for all the due processes to complete itself.

Malaysians shall no longer be surprised when the defections happen again and throw the affected state(s) into turmoil.  Is this the trend of Malaysian politics?

Tengku Razaleigh has stated rightly:

Our (Umno) taking control without resort to elections would cement the enmity of the very people we should be trying to win back at the next elections. Come next General Election, they are are likely to reject both our state and parliamentary candidates with greater vehemence, and not just in Perak. (read here)

Food for thought for today.  Who knows what will happen tomorrow?

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One Comment to “Perak in Crisis or is it really?”

  1. Gee … It’s OK for Najib to do it but it’s not OK for Anwar to do it.

    Which of the following best describe the situation in Perak??
    a) Double standard
    b) Big fat liars
    c) A failed democratic system
    d) ISA – Ikut Suka Aku
    e) All of the about

    Its a no brainer. Any Ahmad, Arumugam and Ah Chai can get it right.

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