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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Nizar claims today's sitting 'null and void'

By Adib Zalkapli IPOH, May 7 – malaysianinsider

Ousted Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin described the events at the state assembly today as an embarrasment brought on by Barisan Nasional (BN).

"What was done by BN, denying the Speaker of his powers is an embarrassment," Nizar told reporters adding that the use of outsiders to force the speaker out was an uncivilised act.

He also insisted that today's session was null and void.

"In reality there was no proceedings, because earlier rulings were ignored, when the speaker's right was hijacked," he added.

The Pakatan Rakyat (PR) appointed speaker V. Sivakumar had in the morning ordered Datuk Seri Zambry Kadir and six BN representatives to leave the assembly, as they were deemed to be still suspended.

"All the motions passed by BN are not valid as they were dismissed yesterday," said Nizar.

Nizar added that the PR representatives attended the assembly only out of respect for the Regent Raja Nazrin Shah.

"I accompanied the Tuanku out and Tuanku said he is willing to work with Pakatan Rakyat," said Nizar adding that he would again request for the dissolution of the state assembly.

Meanwhile Sivakumar who was voted out by BN assemblymen claimed that he was detained for one hour in a room in the state secretariat while Raja Nazrin was addressing the assembly.

"Clearly the speaker's orders were ignored," said Sivakumar who fell down twice when he was dragged out of the chambers.

"I do not recognise Ganesan as the speaker because I have rejected the motion to elect new speaker," he added.

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