Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Nga files emergency motion against Perak State Secretary and the police - Malaysian Insider

By Debra Chong and Edward Cheah

KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — Opposition MP Nga Kor Ming filed an emergency motion against the State secretary and the police in Perak.

He claimed they had acted beyond their powers when they tried to prevent an emergency sitting of the Perak State Legislative Assembly at its gazetted venue in Ipoh yesterday.

“This is a form of harassment,” claimed Nga, who is also the state assemblyman for Pantai Remis.

He added that it is the “duty” of the police to usher the elected representatives into the State assembly building.

Nga also condemned the Ipoh High Court’s order barring Perak Assembly Speaker V Sivakumar from calling any more State assembly meetings.

He explained that the Speaker has “absolute immunity”, which protects him from any legal action while carrying out his official duties, and claimed that this provision was stated clearly in the Federal Constitution.

If the action by the Ipoh High Court were allowed, it would set “a dangerous precedent” and open “a dangerous floodgate of litigation”.

“If this precedent were set, then we could have someone challenging Tan Sri Pandikar Amin tomorrow,” Nga elaborated, and noted that it would result in a disruption of the proceedings in the federal lawmaking.

Stressing that “democracy has been violated by Umno-BN” Nga demanded that Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir quit immediately.

“We call upon Dr Zambry to resign as he has lost the confidence of the majority and must resign by today,” Nga told reporters in the Parliament lobby today, referring to the decision reached by PR lawmakers under the tree in Ipoh.

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