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PERAK IN CRISIS: Sultan tells Nizar, Exco to resign
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2.40pm: The Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah has not consented to dissolution of State Assembly and asked Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin to resign as Menteri Besar of Perak and if he failed to do so, the post is considered vacant.

Earlier, Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin reportedly gave a positive signal when he left Istana Kinta after his audience with the Sultan of Perak. Meanwhile, PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is supposed to give a press conference at 3pm.

12.59pm: Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin arrived at the Istana Kinta at 12.45pm for an audience with the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah.

The Sultan of Perak is expected to make a decision as soon as possible on whether to accept a new state government or s snap poll.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, said this after the second audience with the Perak Sultan.
Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, meanwhile said he is summoned to the Istana.
Speaking in Bagan Serai, he expected the State Assembly to be dissolved to pave way for state elections.

Earlier, Najib returned to Istana Kinta hardly an hour after the audience, bringing along with him the four defecting assemblymen.
PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will make an appearance at the MB's office at 3pm before attending a gathering at 7pm to protest the power transition.

Accompanying the DPM in the first audience was Datuk Zahid Hamidi, Minister in the PM's Department and Perak Umno deputy chief, all 27 BN assemblymen and the four defecting assemblymen. They all left Istana Kinta at 10.35am without talking to the media. Najib merely smiled and waved to the crowd.Najib had arrived at the palace at 9.50am.

Najib, who is also Perak Umno chief, is expected to chair a state Umno meeting at 12 noon to deliberate on nominations for a new Menteri Besar. He is scheduled to give a Press conference to reveal the identity of the new Menteri Besar and, also likely, the new agenda on governing the state.

The BN's bid was born out of the yesterday's sensational defections of four Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen to Barisan Nasional - assemblymen for Behrang, Changkat Jering and Jelapang Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi, Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu (both from Parti Keadilan Rakyat) and Hee Yit Foong of DAP had left the state government to be "friendly independents" to BN. Hee is also the deputy speaker of the Perak state assembly.

Umno also welcomed back Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasarudin Hashim, who left on Jan 25 to defect to PKR, only to re-defect to Umno.

With the four assemblymen in tow, BN can claim that they have the numbers to topple the PR State Government and form a new BN entity. BN now possess 27 seats and controls four "friendly" assemblymen, making it a simple majority of 31 seats against PR's 28.

Najib had indicated that a new Menteri Besar will be nominated. The former MB, Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali, had, in the aftermath of Nasarudin's defection to PKR, resigned as Perak Umno chief while admitting that he was not "strong enough" to lead the party in the state.

However, Perak Menteri Besar Nizar Jamaluddin had an audience with the Ruler yesterday, seeking his consent to the dissolution of the state assembly to clear the way for fresh state elections.

It is now a question of who will prevail with the Sultan of Perak: the BN with the required number of seats to form a new state government or the Pakatan Rakyat, which has lost the numbers, but wants a snap state election.

Nizar said the Sultan may consult the advice of lawyers to make the correct decision to avoid a constitutional crisis.

In the meantime, Perak Speaker V. Sivakumar will fle an application in the High Court to declare Behrang, Changkat Jering and Jelapang state seats vacant, using pre-signed resignation letters to back the claim.

The DAP is also urging Hee, the Perak deputy speaker, to reconsider her decision to leave the party but Hee lodged a police report yesterday over a letter purportedly signed by the Perak Election Commission director stating she had been sacked as deputy speaker. It is learnt that Hee lodged the police report two hours after a press conference announcing her resignation from the DAP.

She was said to have been handed a copy of the letter by an unknown person immediately after the press conference, about 5.30pm. She stated in her report lodged at the district police station here that the contents of the letter were "lies and fabrication."

Over protests and demands that the three Pakatan assemblymen should vacate their seats, former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad the parties should not force defectors to resign.

"Voters can reject these assemblymen at the polls," he said.

DAP chairman Lim Kit Siang, writing in his blog, urged Najib to stop the attempt at what he described as "illegal and unconstitutional grab for power" in Perak.

"Respect the constitutional process and the mandate of the people of Perak," Lim implored.

10.45am: Members of the media rushed over to Jelapang assemblywoman Hee Yit Foong's house in Taman Ehsan after being tipped-off that she might give a Press conference. It turned out to be a false alarm but she was reported to have later confirmed her defection to the BN by joining the MCA.

12.30pm: Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin called for an emergency press conference at his office at 1pm but was postponed with no reasons given. However, word has it that he was to announce the dissolution of the Perak assembly.

1.40pm: The wire services issued a flash that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is calling for a Press conference at 4pm in his Putrajaya office, presumably to make an important announcement on the political status of the Perak Government.

2:10pm: Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah arrived at Istana Kinta. Exco members Tai Sing Ng and Mohd Zainuddin Mohd Yusof who arrived at the same time were barred from entering the palace.

3pm: Members of the media rushed to Istana Kinta after learning that Nizar Jamaluddin is seeking an audience with Sultan Azlan Shah.

3:50pm: Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin arrives at Istana Kinta

4:00pm: Nizar told the NST that he has won an audience with the Ruler 5pm. Nizar is believed to be seeking for the dissolution of the Perak State Assembly to clear the way for a snap state election.

4:00pm: Senior exco member Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham arrives at Istana Kinta but is barred barred from entering palace. He gives a P/C saying the only democratic way to resolve the political turmoil is by dissolving the state assembly and calling for snap elections.

4:10pm: Perak BN assemblymen are assembling at Najib's office.

4:10pm: Bota Assemblyman Nasarudin Hashim makes surprising appearance at Najib's office. Also making a surprise appearance is DAP Jelapang assemblyman Hee Yit Foong. Two so-called independent assemblymen who quit PKR, Behrang assemblyman Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi and Changkat Jering assemblyman Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu, are also present.

5:15pm: Najib announces defections of four PR assemblymen into BN and declares that BN has the majority of state seats to form a new Perak Government.
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ipoh mari, KL:
Principles, integrity and servitude, three qualities these politicians lack. the audacity of their actions taking the rakyat for a ride - stop playing politics. i hope the Sultan will let the people decide.

Anhar, Bangalore:
Have the election and let people of perak decide the new government.. for PR leader, stop talking about defection because you start in the first place..remember '16 sept'. Rakyat dont like leader with 2 faces..

CK Peng, Johor:
The power is vested with the people of Perak. The Sultan will take care of His subjects. Dissolve the State Assembly and let the people decide. There is really no place for Najib to meddle here. Yes he plotted the whole drama, he might gain points with UMNO. But it really send chill down my spin that this has happened. People will remember this and will vote BN out next election. Seeing the video clip that the DPM is smiling and shaking hand with the two ADUN accused of Corruption make me sick. Really a shameful day for Malaysia!

Roy, Kuala Lumpur:
I see the only way out of this is to call a snap election. How can the people trust a leader of 20 million who accepts fickle-minded ADUNs? Would they be accepted if the circumstances were different? Is he so big-hearted? If so then May God Bless him. Otherwise its fair to say that this is an act of selfishness. Please dont make a mockery of the system. I pray to God that His Majesty, the Sultan will make the right decision.

Joe, Singapore:
I am from Singapore and hence, a foreigner. I do not wish to be involved in your politics. I just hope everyone will be able to resolve their differences amicably because this is not good for Perakians, Malaysians and even Singaporeans, since we are all neighbours. May good sense prevail.

sridevi, Ipoh:
We as the rakyat who supposed to select our leader since this is democratic country.

Joseph Phan, Singapore:
These people elected on 308 thought they were sitting on pots of GOLD. But after 10 months they find no GOLD and the only way to find GOLD again is to shift to another party which has GOLD everywhere for one to pick. Ha Ha.

Ian, PJ:
How much does another election cost?

Abu Bakar, Malacca:
Give the voters to decide, not by the four of the runaway assemblymen and woman.

Allen, Penang:
Well, we not only have frogs, but more importantly RATS. Multiple events that have occured there is no coincidence or "act of god's will", to quote some fella in the papers today. Can in any way, the ACA issue, Tajol resignation, Najib appearance and subsequent chain of events not be attributed to a rat? Perhaps the answer is that god is now working through rats. Clean ones, i hope.

thana chew:
Hold snap election to solve the problem, let the voters decide once for all to both PKR and BN. Please let Tuanku to decide to hold the snap election.

jim, penang:
These hopping from one party to another party start with anwar who encourages bn lawmakers to hop to his pkr. so what is the big issue when pkr lawmakers hop to bn. so dont be double standard. after all anwar started it first. so now pkr want to play play............... how will people trust pkr again...

Duraimi, Singapore:
This is funny and cheating to the people who elect this type of candidate. They are no responsibility and I believe people in Perak no longer will support this kind of candidate. The BN candidate should not be supported any more.

I hope that the Sultan will do what's right. It seems nowadays money can buy anything and it's no longer about integrity. For those who are so called calling themselves "independent" at first, they are just making a fool of themselves to the public now that we see them as money minded and traitors.

Chris, Ipoh:
A by-election shld be called and law shld be amended to avoid defections.

Shamsul, Teluk Intan:
The ONLY right thing to do is to dissolve the state assembly and return to the Rakyat for a decision. This hijacking by BN and Najib will be disastrous to them in the next GE. The Rakyat knows what to do next. Do not understimate the intelligence of the people.

Confused Rakyat:
The political circus that happens in Perak is definitely something that can happen only in Perak-Malaysia. What is really going on there? How one rep-Bota can condemn UMNO and jump over to PR few days ago before re-defecting to BN and reverse his earlier judgement of UMNO is a huge mystery? Can the Rakyat have faith in someone who changes his mind and agenda so frequently? Instead of focusing in making Rakyat life better and bring further improvement to the country, these people are just talking nonsense and making fun of the assignment that they were tasked to after the election last year. How can the Rakyat trust these elected representatives when these people have no idea what they are even doing? Until these politicians got rid of their own personal agenda in governing the country, the Rakyat will see more circus and suffers the consequences of political instability and the current economy turmoil.

Calvin Sankaran Penang:
I am against the party hopping and the use of undemocratic tactics to gain power. However, in the face of Anwar, LKS and PR leadership's hypocritical behaviour in the past, I have very little sympathy for them. Only Karpal has been consistent in his stance and he deserves our respect. I have only contempt for the other PR leaders who openly advocated and used "political defections" as their only strategy to topple the BN govt. Who can forget the infamous Tian Chua-led frog-hunting trip to Taiwan. I do hope with the latest situation, common sense will prevail and both sides realise that party-hopping is a double-edged sword. So I do hope both PR and PR will start working on an anti-party hopping law.

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