Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Fast and furious in Perak

Hee Yit Foong's service centre in Jelapang remains closed, adding more fuel to talk of her leaving the ruling coalition.

It's fast and furious in Perak.The stage is set for a showdown in Perak. The two PKR state assemblymen - Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi and Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu - have declared themselves as independents. Malaysiakini quoted DAP assemblywoman Hee Yit Foong as confirming that she has quit the party to be an independent too. If that is true, then the Perak state government has collapsed.

Hee has continued to be mssing from state meetings while her service centre has remained closed. The MB, Mohammad Nizar, scheduled a press conference at 1pm, but postponed it. The press conference was said to be his decision to announce his plans to dissolve the state assembly but he would need the consent of the Sultan of Perak.

The Pakatan Rakyat state government should now call for an emergency state assembly meeting. Today, the New Straits Times quoted Speaker V. Sivakumar as saying the two ex PKR duo would be barred from attending. The newspaper quoted him as saying that he had the power to declare the seat vacant and he stood by his decision despite being overruled by the Election Commission.

The MB has little choice, at this stage, but to convene the special sitting to show he still has the support of the majority of the elected representatives. If he wishes to call for fresh elections, the MB has to get the approval of the Sultan of Perak. The MB alone cannot decide on that, that is clearly stipulated under the state constitution. But given the situation now, the Perak opposition leader Tajol Rosli can ask for the right to form the new state government.

For Hee, her source of unhappiness is with the state DAP leadership. Despite being more senior than her DAP colleagues, she was by-passed for key state government positions including the state executive councillor post. Hee also has difficulties with certain national DAP leaders, according to talk. Internal party squabbles and personal ambitions appears to have taken a toll on the Perak state government which is on the verge of collapse. The talk is that a few more Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen would also declare themselves as independents.

Check Star Online for more updates.


Unknown said...

Dear Wong,


It will cost money, time, etc. Why should the political parties involved be fearful about fresh elections?

Both parties claim they have majority support. So put it to the vote.

After all, this is what democracy is about. Let the people decide once and for all. It is a fair and the best solution.

ChengHo said...

Just like the movie when the 2 cousins running the show..

A.John said...

Let the rats come out from their holes: then at least we will know the mask they have been wearing all these times. I just hope more will forward to join BN, for a timely cleansing of PKR from these souless scumbags!

Anonymous said...

Those who defects are people without principle. Quit your party and quit as a assemblyman. Stand for a new by-ecelction and see if your constitiuent will vote you.