Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Perak rebels seeks to remove Sivakumar as Speaker

As expected, rebel menteri besar Zambry Kadir has sought to table a motion to remove Perak state legislative Speaker, V Sivakumar, at a May 7 assembly sitting he has called.

Abdullah Antong Sabri, the assembly secretary whom Sivakumar suspended for insubordination, signed and sent out the notices for the motion on Apr 27. Elected representatives were asked to submit their nominations for Sivakumar’s replacement by Apr 30.

However, Pakatan Rakyat was unfazed by the latest manoeuvre against Sivakumar. A DAP leader and the first ethnic Indian in the country to become a Speaker of a legislative body, Sivakumar has been a key force in helping the Pakatan resist the Umno-BN’s coup d'etat of the Perak state government.

“This is unusual and will be the first time such a move has been made in Malaysia,” said Perak DAP Secretary and Pantai Remis assemblyman Nga Kor Ming.

According to Nga, the Speaker had the right to reject or accept any motion, including one aimed at himself. He also lashed out at Zambry for using Sivakumar’s suspended secretary to issue the notices.

“This shows that they think they can do whatever they want. We will let the Speaker decide on the motion,” Nga said.

The Pantai Remis representative, who is also a prominent lawyer, warned that Zambry’s latest move was in contempt of the High Court, where there is still an ongoing lawsuit challenging Zambry’s legitimacy as Menteri Besar.

Pakatan leaders will also be meeting on Thursday to chart out their next course of action. Said Perak DAP Chairman and Sitiawan assemblyman Ngeh Koo Ham: “Since the notice is illegal and hence void, we will not be responding to it. It is just another piece of paper, floating around.”

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