Friday, May 22, 2009

Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir is the Perak Menteri Besar after all...

Former Perak MB - Datuk Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin

Perak Menteri Besar - Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir

The question of who is the rightful Menteri Besar of Perak has been resolved today, Friday, May 22nd, 2009.

The Court of Appeal - the nation's highest court has declared Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir of the Barisan Nasional as the rightful Menteri Besar of Perak in a unanimous decision.

Earlier on May 11 2009, the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled that Datuk Seri Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin of the opposition party, Pas, is the rightful Mentri Besar of Perak, following which Nizar became Menteri Besar for less than 24 hours before Zambry filed a stay of execution of the judgement at the Court of Appeal.

Source - the star online

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal has declared Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir the rightful menteri besar of Perak in a unanimous decision.

It granted Zambry his appeal against an earlier High Court decision declaring Datuk Seri Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin as the rightful mentri besar of Perak.

The three-man bench, comprising Justices Md Raus Shariff, Zainun Ali and Ahmad Maarop, heard submissions Thursday from counsel representing Nizar and Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.

On May 12, Dr Zambry filed an appeal to quash High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) Justice Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim’s ruling.

On Feb 13, Nizar had filed for a judicial review against Dr Zambry’s appointment as mentri besar, seeking a declaration that he (Nizar) was the rightful Perak mentri besar and an injunction to bar Dr Zambry from carrying out the duties of mentri besar.

On May 11, the High Court ruled in favour of Nizar, rendering Dr Zambry’s appointment null and void.

However, a day after that, the Court of Appeal granted Dr Zambry a stay of execution, allowing him to remain as mentri besar until his appeal against the High Court ruling was disposed of.

The court was also to hear Nizar’s application to set aside the stay of execution order, but had decided to hear the appeal proper first following the consent of all parties.

Security was tight at the Palace of Justice here Friday as members of the press and public gathered in large numbers.

Only 15 media passes were issued, while the rest had to use public passes. Not all managed to squeeze into the courtroom, which was standing room only.


Feb 3: The crisis begins as Behrang assemblyman Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi and Changkat Jering assemblyman Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu quit Parti Keadilan Rakyat, PKR.

Feb 4: Jelapang assemblyman Hee Yit Foong, who is also the assembly’s deputy speaker, quits Democratic Action Party, DAP. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announces the fall of the Pakatan state government.

Feb 6: Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Kadir sworn in as Perak Mentri Besar. He appoints six new state executive councillors.

Feb 13: Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin files suit to challenge the legitimacy of Zambry as Perak Mentri Besar.

Feb 18: Perak assembly Speaker V. Sivakumar suspends Dr Zambry for 18 months and six state exco members for 12 months.

March 3: Sivakumar conducts an “emergency” assembly meeting under a tree near the Perak State Secretariat after police deny Pakatan assemblymen entry.

March 7: The High Court in Kuala Lumpur refers Nizar’s bid to challenge the legitimacy of Dr Zambry’s appointment to the Federal Court.

March 10: Sivakumar files suit in KL High Court against the three independent assemblymen and the Election Commission for not declaring their seats vacant.

March 20: Nizar fails in his appeal against a High Court ruling to move his suit against Dr Zambry to the Federal Court.

March 23: Federal Court sends Nizar’s case back to High Court as the matter involves the state Constitution.

April 10: Federal Court decides that Hee, Mohd Osman and Jamaluddin did not resign and remain as assemblymen.

April 16: Federal Court rules that Sivakumar does not have the power to suspend Dr Zambry and his state exco members.

April 20: Nizar files affidavit at Kuala Lumpur High Court stating that he had sought the consent of Sultan Azlan Shah to dissolve the state assembly because of a deadlock.

May 7: Perak assembly sits and quickly descends into pandemonium. Police enter Assembly and forcibly remove Sivakumar as Speaker; former Sungkai assemblyman Datuk R. Ganesan is appointed to replace him.

May 11: KL High Court rules that Nizar is the rightful mentri besar.

May 12: Court of Appeal grants Dr Zambry a stay of execution; he resumes his duties as mentri besar.

May 22 : Court of Appeal declares Dr Zambry as the rightful Perak Menteri Besar

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