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Friday, May 15, 2009

Nizar’s appeal date postponed

KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 – By Debra Chong | Malaysianinsider

The court of appeal will only hear Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin’s application to set aside a stay order on a high court declaration that he is the legitimate Perak mentri besar next Thursday, May 21.

On the same day, the court will hear the appeal against the high court ruling by Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Datuk Zambry Abd Kadir.

Nizar’s lawyers told The Malaysian Insider today that both parties have been informed of the decision.

The court of appeal had originally set next Monday as the day it would hear Nizar’s application to set aside the stay order.

It is unclear why the court has decided to hear both parties on the same day instead.

The Perak government is in a state of limbo as it is now unclear who the MB of the state is.

On Monday, the high court here declared Nizar the rightful mentri besar and the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) man immediately resumed his duties as the state’s chief executive.

But just a day later Zambry obtained a stay on the ruling from the court of appeal, and he is now acting as the MB.

The fight for control of Perak has dragged on for four months since BN’s power grab, made possible by three defections from PR’s ranks, in February.

Since then both BN and PR have been locked in various court battles.

But mindful of a weary public, BN and PR leaders have been floating the idea in recent days of striking a political compromise.

PR remains determined to the idea of calling fresh polls to break the stalemate and BN leaders have come under pressure from within its own ranks to also back such a move.

In recent days, Datuk Seri Najib Razak has appeared to be trying to distance himself from the debacle, which is drawing public support away from BN.

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, an ally of Najib, said this week that it was a foregone conclusion that PR would win the state if fresh elections are called.

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