Thursday, May 7, 2009



Raja Nazrin addresses assembly

UPDATED 3.45pm [Malaysian Insider]

By Adib Zalkapli and Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani

IPOH, May 7 — After a morning of confusion followed by scuffles, order is restored after PR Speaker V. Sivakumar is removed, and the Regent of Perak Raja Nazrin Shah finally enters the Perak State Assembly to deliver his address.

He first stops to talk to ousted Pakatan Rakyat MB Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin and the DAP's Datuk Ngeh Khoo Ham before starting his address. Nizar then tells all the Pakatan reps to take their seat and they obey.

BN Mentri Besar Datuk Zambry Abd Kadir earlier tabled a motion inviting Raja Nasrin to open the sitting of the state assembly.

Earlier, the rival assemblymen continued their shouting match even as Sivakumar was taken out of the assembly hall. PR assemblymen shouted at the police to leave the House when they moved in.

Scuffles had broken out prior to this as PR assemblymen tried to get Barisan Nasional-installed Speaker Datuk R. Ganesan to leave the House, at one point almost getting him entangled in the microphone wires.

The lawmakers were engaged in a shoving match as Ganesan attempted to take the Speaker’s chair while the Sivakumar refused to vacate his seat.

Sivakumar attempted to reconvene proceedings but the situation descended into pandemonium with lawmakers on the verge of coming to blows.

While both BN and PR still claim to be the legitimate government, there is now also two assembly Speakers after Ganesan took his oath as the new Speaker in a corner of the hall following Deputy Speaker Hee Yit Foong’s “removal” of Sivakumar. Earlier, Sivakumar had refused to vacate the Speaker’s seat while Ganesan presided over the sitting of BN assemblymen from his corner.

Sivakumar has also announced that he had written a letter dated yesterday rejecting the tabling of all motions, including one to remove him and to install Ganesan as his replacement.

The PR-appointed Speaker also pointed out that Raja Nazrin Shah had not yet declared open the sitting of the assembly.