Friday, February 6, 2009

Nizar accuses Barisan of power grab

IPOH: Describing the takeover of the state government as a power-grab, Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin has accused the Barisan Nasional of creating the uncertain political situation in Perak.

“They could have waited for the state assembly, scheduled in April, and moved a no-confidence vote,” he told reporters at the official Mentri Besar’s residence last night.

Nizar said he had asked Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to move an emergency motion in Parliament to discuss the situation in Perak.

Meanwhile, Pakatan Rakyat supporters packed the official residence of the Mentri Besar and the surrounding areas last night.

Hundreds lined up both sides of Jalan Raja Di Hilir in the early evening, as security members from PAS stood guard outside the house.

Several banners were placed near the house with messages urging the Sultan of Perak to dissolve the state assembly.

There was keen anticipation outside Istana Kinta too as hordes of journalists and press photographers waited for the arrival of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Abdullah was speculated to be seeking an audience with Sultan Azlan Shah to hand over the proposed name for the state’s 11th Mentri Besar. However, Abdullah, who was on an official visit to Perak, was making a courtesy call on the Sultan.

At 5.53pm, Abdullah arrived in a convoy of 10 cars. It is believed that the occupants comprised the candidates for the new Mentri Besar and future state executive councillors.

Abdullah and the group exited the palace at about 6.25pm.


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