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Friday, May 22, 2009

So the IPOH drama continues...Pt 5

Nizar : PR will ask for leave to lodge an appeal by Monday.
PUTRAJAYA, May 22 — By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani | malaysianinsider

Barisan National (BN) lawyer Datuk Hafarizam Harun today claimed triumphantly that there is no longer any crisis in Perak with the Appeals Court judgment that ruled in favour of Datuk Zambry Abdul Kadir as the state’s mentri besar.

“In accordance with other Commonwealth countries, the right to choose mentri besar and prime minister is the ultimate right of the sultan,” Hafarizam told reporters outside the courtroom in the Palace of Justice.

“So the result today shows that the action by the sultan to appoint Zambry is one which is in accordance with the law,” he added.

Pakatan Rakyat (PR) supporters nearby jeered at him, saying “This is not justice,” and “We will know the truth on judgment day.”

But Hafarizam was unfazed.

He said that judges had agreed that the sultan was right in calling all 28 assemblymen from Barisan Nasional and the three independent assemblymen to verify their loyalty, thus avoiding the need to dissolve the 59-seat state assembly.

Another BN lawyer, Firoz Hussein Ahmad Jamaluddin called the verdict historic as it justified the decision made by the sultan and the appointment of Zambry as lawful.

“It is very important that this decision brings Malaysian law in-line with the laws throughout the Commonwealth, particularly also with the law in the United Kingdom.

“That is the appointment of the chief minister and also the issue with the state assembly is the prerogative of the crown. So it is a very important decision in the law and of course they have the right to appeal but I think Barisan Nasional is very pleased and delighted with the decision,” Firoz told reporters.

Both lawyers confirmed that the ruling coalition is confident to face the appeal because they believe that decision made by the Court of Appeal is water-tight and with basis.

“We will have to face the issue of seeking leave to appeal because appeal from the Court of Appeal is not automatic. It will require leave and of course this issue is one of public interests,” Firoz added.

Hafarizam also said that the request for dissolution will now become academic because BN has the rightful mentri besar as of February 6 when the sultan appointed Zambry.

Ousted mentri besar Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin’s lawyer Sulaiman Abdullah was, however, greeted like a hero even though the lawyer looked very disappointed.

He did not give any comments, saying he believed that lawyers do not comment about decisions even if it is in their favour. But he confirmed that PR will ask for leave to lodge an appeal by Monday.

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