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Monday, May 11, 2009

BN to obey ruling but will call emergency sitting, says new speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, May 11, 2009 – By Syed Jamal Zahiid and Lee Wei Lian | malaysianinsider

The Barisan Nasional (BN) will respect the ruling by the Kuala Lumpur High Court declaring Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin as the rightful mentri besar of Perak but will try to convene an emergency sitting of the state assembly to try and remove him via a vote of no confidence.

Newly installed speaker, R Ganesan in an immediate reaction said that being a law abiding coalition, BN would definitely obey the decision of the high court.

“But we will look as to how we are to go about this legally,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

He said that since BN had a majority in the state assembly, it would be easy to move a motion of no confidence against Nizar.

BN’s senior state executive councillor in Perak, Hamidah Osman declined to comment when contacted, saying she did not want her words to be twisted.

Former Hutan Melintang state assemblyman for BN, Datuk G Rajoo said the ruling coalition will have to respect the high court ruling.

However, with BN being the majority of the House, Rajoo said he is confident that the ruling coalition would be able to solve the problem quick by utilising their numbers once they move a motion of no confidence against Nizar.

“We have the majority. We will go all out (to maintain BN as the ruling govermment of Perak),” he told The Malaysian Insider.

The High Court had today also rejected an appeal from Zambry for a stay of the declaration.

Nizar is now on the way to Ipoh to seek an audience with the Perak Sultan to ask for consent to dissolve the state assembly.

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