Friday, February 6, 2009
Nizar escorted out of office
The political temperature is getting hotter in Perak. Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and the other Pakatan Rakyat state exco members were escorted out of his state secretariat office, which has been emptied, at 10.15am by the Ipoh OCPD. His press conference was also stopped. Nizar and the PR elected representatives have said they would boycott the swearing in ceremony of Dr Zambri Kadir as MB this afternoon. The matter is expected to go to the courts. But the biggest casualty would be the rakyat - both sides would be preoccupied with power struggle in the state and certainly the economy would not be on the minds of these politicians. Perak has already lost its shine long ago with many of its young people preferring to seek employment in Kuala Lumpur. Ipoh is virtually a dead town and certainly the attention it gets now is something the people do not need. Dr Zambri biggest job would be to win the hearts and minds of Perakians, many of whom are upset with the collapse of the PR government. He needs to start introducing populist measures, which would be regarded as fair to all races. Dr Zambri needs to remind himself that the old Umno methods would not be accepted or even tolerated.