Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sivakumar’s power being question

Perak State legislative Assembly Speaker V. Sivakumar suspended and barred Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and all his six state executive councillors from the state assembly’s sittings for 18 months and a year respectively.


They are Datuk Ramly Zahari (Manong), Datuk Saarani Mohamad (Kota Tampan), Hamidah Osman (Sungai Rapat), Zainol Fadzi Paharuddin (Sungai Manik), Mohd Zahir Abdul Khalid (Kamunting) and Dr Mah Hang Soon (Chenderiang).

Sivakumar said, the committee took the action after receiving a complaints from Canning assemblyman Wong Kah Woh of the DAP, who alleged that their swearing-in as Menteri Besar and excos was in contravention of the state Constitution as Perak’s 10th Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, had yet to officially resign.

The action showed grave injustice, misuse of powers and was a politically motivated move. The decision to suspend them by the assembly’s Rights and Privileges Committee, which is part of the legislative process, must get the approval of the members of the assembly and not by the speaker alone.

The committee can only make recommendations. It is up to the assembly members to approve or reject the recommendations.

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