Surely a first, not only in Malaysia, but in the world, as the Speaker V Sivakumar puts on his official robe to preside over the assembly sitting held under the shade of a raintree.
The tension is building up between supporters of the Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat, where at least three scuffles are said to have broken out, following the showdown between the two sides this morning. Speaker V. Sivakumar convened an emergency meeting of the state assembly under the shade of a raintree, just a short distance away from the state secretariat.
The meeting reportedly ended after the PR assemblymen agreed to motions to declare support for Nizar as Mentri Besar and for the assembly to be dissolved. Nizar also said he will seek an audience with Sultan Azlan Shah to ask for the dissolution of the assembly. The validity of the state assembly meeting called by the Speaker is being challenged by the Barisan Nasional.
At the High Court this morning, the Barisan scored a pyschological victory when the lawyers assembled by Pakatan were denied the right to appear on behalf of the Speaker after the Judicial Commissioner Ridwan Ibrahim ruled that the Speaker should be represented by the state legal advisor or someone appointed by him.
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