Friday, 06 February 2009 20:33
By Adib Zalkapli, The Malaysian Insider
Just hours after BN’s Datuk Zambry Kadir was sworn in as the 11th Perak Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin declared that he is still running a legitimate government and vowed to seek legal action to declare the new BN government unconstitutional.
“Today there is a constitutional crisis as we have two menteris besar. I am the 10th MB and I have not resigned, but the 11th MB was appointed,” Nizar told reporters at the MB’s official residence here.
He also denied media reports that he was taking legal action against Sultan Azlan Shah, saying he would only act against Zambry.
“The crisis can only be solved through legal means,” he said.
Nizar reiterated his stand that he would only step down if the state assembly passes a vote of no confidence against his leadership or if the Pakatan Rakyat coalition is defeated in a snap election, adding that he has no intention of going against the state Ruler.
“I act this way so that the people will respect the monarchy. So that the palace is not seen to be supporting any political party. I am just defending the monarchy,” said Nizar.
He said that he would continue to report to work and confirmed that he has not received notice to evict the official residence.
On the protest near the Kuala Kangsar palace where Zambry was earlier sworn in, Nizar said his administration had nothing to do with the incident.
“It was the wish of the people,” he added.