Taib Mahmud survived a political affair here in 1987
4.05pm: State secretary Abdul Rahman Hashim instructs Menteri Besar Mohd Nizar and all exco members to vacate their offices at the state secretariat by 5pm today. They have been reminded not to take any official documents with them. They were also told to hand in their official car keys as well as the keys to their offices
3.25pm: It learnt that Mohd Nizar will announce his refusal to resign as requested by the sultan.
3.20pm All top Pakatan leaders are in a meeting at Mohd Nizar's official residence to chart their next course of action. A press conference is expected to be held soon. Notable absentees are Kedah MB Azizan Razak and Kelantan MB Niz Aziz Nik Mat.
About 30 supporters have gathered outside the residence. A big team of some 50 journalists are also waiting there.
3pm: The office of the Sultan of Perak, in a statement, said that after meeting all the 28 BN assemblypersons and the three independents, the sultan was convinced that Mohd Nizar had ceased to command the confidence of the majority of the state assembly members.
"If YAB Datuk Seri Ir. Mohammad Nizar bin Jamaluddin does not resign his post as Perak menteri besar together with the members of the state executive council, the posts of menteri besar and state executive councillors are considered vacant," the statement said.
2.40pm: The five Indian state representatives in Perak - A Sivasubramaniam (DAP-Buntong), V Sivakumar (DAP-Tronoh), Keshvinder Singh (DAP-Malim Nawar), S Kesavan (PKR-Hutan Melintang) and A Sivanesan (DAP-Sungkai) - held a press conference earlier today that they would remain loyal to Pakatan Rakyat.
Speaker Sivakumar said that various approaches were made to entice them to cross over to BN.
"We were offered money and high posts in party (MIC) and government but we rejected the advances of these people," he said.
What Bernama said : -
Published: Thursday February 5, 2009 MYT 3:12:00 PM
Perak: Sultan tells MB to resign, no dissolution
IPOH: Sultan Azlan Shah has decided not to give his consent to the dissolution of the Perak state assembly and has ordered Mentri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and his state executive council to step down with immediate effect.
The office of the Sultan of Perak, in a statement on Wednesday, said that after meeting all the 28 Barisan Nasional assemblymen and the three independents, the Sultan was convinced that Mohammad Nizar had ceased to command the confidence of the majority of the state assembly members.
"If Datuk Seri Ir. Mohammad Nizar bin Jamaluddin does not resign his post as Perak mentri besar together with the members of the state executive council, the posts of mentri besar and state executive councilors are considered vacant," the statement said. - Bernama
1.32pm:PKR source says that the sultan had asked Mohd Nizar to step down as menteri besar to allow a smooth transistion of power at their brief meeting today but the latter had refused to do so.
1.30pm:Najib just ended his Perak Umno meeting and left the party's state headquarters without calling a press conference. It is learnt there was a discussion on who to be appointed as new menteri besar.
1.25pm:Najib is still at the Umno meeting. However, it is learnt that he will not be holding a press conference after the meeting.
1.05pm :Perak MB Mohd Nizar leaves the palace. He waved and smiled at reporters. He just said: "Good signs. Alhamdulliah." His meeting with the sultan lasted 15 minutes. He had entered the palace at 12.50pm.
Mohd Nizar will be holding a press conference along with Pakatan leader Anwar Ibrahim and DAP leader Lim Guan Eng at 3pm.
12.50pm:Najib is presently chairing an Umno meeting in Ipoh where the choice of the new menteri besar is being discussed. He is expected to call for a press conference within the next hour.
12.40pm:There is an indication that Sultan Azlan Shah will allow Barisan Nasional to form a state government with the participation of three independents.
Newsflash (11:50am) : PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be at Perak Mentri Besar’s office at 3pm and a mammoth gathering is planned for 7pm at the MB’s residence.
Newsflash (11:38am) : Perak Mentri Besar Nizar told reporters in Bagan Serai that he has just been summoned to Istana Kinta.
Newsflash (11:34am) : Najib has left Istana Kinta with the four assemblymen.
Newsflash (11:21am) : Najib returned to Istana Kinta, this time with four former Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (Behrang),Mohd Osman Jailu (Changkat Jering), Jelapang Hee Yit Foong (Jelapang) and Datuk Nasaruddin Hashim (Bota) to meet the Sultan of Perak.
Newsflash (10:35am) : Perak Umno state chief Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his deputy Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi leave Istana Kinta. Najib is expected to chair the state liaison committee meeting to discuss the Barisan candidate for the Perak Mentri Besar's post.
Newsflash (9:50am) : Deputy Prime Minister and Perak Umno chief Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and state Umno deputy chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (Bagan Datoh MP) enter Istana Kinta to seek Sultan Azlan Shah’s consent for Barisan to form the new Perak government.
Newsflash (9:00am) : Speaker V. Sivakumar told reporters that he will ask the High Court on Thursday to declare as valid the undated letters of resignation by the three Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen - PKR’s Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (Behrang) and Mohd Osman Jailu (Changkat Jering) and DAP’s Hee Yit Foong (Jelapang) - who resigned from their respective parties to become Independents who have pledged to support Barisan Nasional.
The current political turmoil in Perak is not a new phenomenon in Malaysian politics.
During the 1987 turmoil in Sarawak, 28 out of the 48 state representatives plotted in the Ming Court Hotel in Kuala Lumpur to overthrow Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud's government.
The dissenting group of state assemblypersons said they had lost confidence in Taib and asked him to convene a meeting of the state assembly for a vote.
Taib however advised the governor to dissolve the state assembly and called a snap state election, which was won by the Taib faction and he remained the chief minister ever since.
And then there was also the emergency rule declared in Kelantan in 1977 which allowed BN to take over the PAS-ruled state.
While one cannot second guess the sultan, it would nevertheless be timely to be reminded of what the sultan himself wrote in his book Constitutional Monarchy, Rule of Law and Good Governance in 2004.
"Under normal circumstances, it is taken for granted that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong would not withhold his consent to a request for dissolution of parliament. His role is purely formal."
He also added that no sultan or agung had withheld consent to dissolve legislative body, except in Kelantan in 1977.
However with the political power play coming into the picture, it will not be a surprise if the sultan decides to act against his own writing in acceding to Najib's request rather than dissolving the state assembly.