February 20, 2009
Zambry: ‘Has Sivakumar acted according to the
Friday, 20 February 2009 07:12am
©The Star (Used by permission)
PANGKOR: Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abd Kadir has challenged
state Assembly Speaker V. Sivakumar to prove that suspending him
had been done in accordance with the rules.
“He (Sivakumar) should check whether it had been right for
him to do that,” Dr Zambry told reporters after a fishermen,
livestock breeders and farmers programme on Thursday.
He accused Sivakumar, who heads the state’s Rights and Privileges
Committee, of misusing his powers and acting beyond his jurisdiction.
On Sivakumar’s statement that he had failed to give any explanation
to the inquiry by the committee, Dr Zambry again said: “That
is a total lie.”
However, Dr Zambry appeared guarded when reporters tried to press
him for comments after the function.
Asked if he would lodge a police report on the advice of Prime
Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Dr Zambry said:
“Oh! We will definitely act according to the law. We are
not acting on our whims and fancies.”
On Sivakumar saying that he and his exco members would be removed
if they attend the next assembly sitting, Dr Zambry said:
“Well, we will act according to the law.”
To a question on whether he would move a motion during the assembly
sitting, he said: “Do not anticipate anything right now.”
“What is important is that he (Sivakumar) has done what he
has done and he needs to check if it was right.
“My main concern now is to work for the people as the mentri
Earlier, Dr Zambry told reporters at the state secretariat in Ipoh
that this was all a “game” by Pakatan Rakyat, adding
that they would take necessary action against Sivakumar.
He said he had attended the two-day inquiry out of respect to the
Speaker, and urged the people not to worry as the government remained
stable and intact.
Meanwhile, attempts to contact state legal adviser Datuk Ahmad
Kamal Md Shahid has been futile.
February 19, 2009 MYT 5:00 PM:
The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
has asked Dr Zambry Abd Kadir to lodge a police report against state
assembly speaker V. Sivakumar. The government has no plans to set
up a constitutional court or special committee on the Federal Constitution.
He said the existing laws and regulations are sufficient to deal
with all constitutional issues and all high courts nationwide have
jurisdiction to hear cases regarding such issues. The whole episode
was a “comedy” because the decision by Sivakumar was
V. Sivakumar, Speaker of Perak state
suspend six state executive council members
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, Feb. 18, 2009
V. Sivakumar, Speaker of the Perak state legislative
assembly, has suspended Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and its six exco
members. Sivakumar, in a statement, said:
- Dr Zambry and the six exco members have failed and did not
give any explanation to the committee.
- They failed to offer any explanation on their actions of contempt
for the House and hence have been found guilty as charged
- He has decided that Dr Zambry is, with immediate effect, suspended
and barred from attending State Assembly sessions for 18 months
- The six exco members are barred for 12 months and their names
are: Datuk Ramly Zahari, Zainol Fadzi Paharuddin, Dr Mah Hang
Soon, Datuk Saarani Mohamad, Hamidah Osman and Mohd Zahir Abdul
Wong Kah Woh, Canning assemblyman, told the media:
- He had presented his case before the committee.
- He presented his complaint that Dr Zambry and his six ‘false’
excos had shown contempt for the House when they were sworn into
the Assembly via unconstitutional means
Dr Zambry Abd Kadir told media that he was summoned yesterday and
he is here again today. His exco member told that there was no exchange
of heated arguments, the inquiry had gone with peace and after all
they are professionals
Prof. Dr. Shad Saleem Faruqi, a Malaysian Senior professor of law
and faculties of law at the International Islamic University Malaysia,
- V. Sivakumar, the Perak legislative assembly Speaker has no
power to suspend the menteri besar and his six executive councillors.
- The assembly had to sit and approve the suspension of any member.
- The assembly acts on the recommendation of the Privileges Committee.
Lawyer Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said:
- Zambry and his exco was not affected by the suspension.
- They should continue their job untill April as legislative assembly
- The speaker disrespect the sultan AND disobeying the royal command
There is NO provision in the Perak State Constitution for REMOVAL
of the Speaker of State Assembly, unlike that in the Federal and
Selangor State Constitution through a vote of no confidence
In Perak, Barisan Nasional is stuck with the Speaker of the Legislative
State Assembly from Pakatan Rakyat/DAP