Heard over the radio that a scheduled talk featuring “Listen! Listen!” speaker Sharifah Zohra Jabeen Syed Shah Miskin on “How To Make Your First Million” has been cancelled.
We will be following what’s happening in and around the Perak State Assembly this morning.
Pakatan assembly members march to the Dewan this morning – Photo by Jong
After the sitting this morning, Nizar walked up to where Ganesan was presiding in the Dewan and criticised him for allegedly allowing police “to intrude into the Dewan”, saying that as a lawyer, Ganesan should have known better. “You are a pengecut,” Nizar admonished Ganesan, who responded with a smile.
[flickr 26541172@N08 72157622092196129]
Speaker Sivakumar tries to convene the Perak State Assembly near the Democracy Tree, but the Pakatan reps are blocked by police and later hold a session at the Heritage Hotel – Photos by Kinta Kid
- The entrance to the State Secretariat building is solidly blocked.
- The Democracy Tree is also out of bounds for the Pakatan reps.
- Pakatan reps nonetheless proceed to the Perak State Assembly at the State Secretariat complex.
- But they are blocked by the now familiar police officer, Glenn.
- “Do not go any further”…
- … unless you have a yellow T-shirt?
- … like these guys.
- … from this team.
- Walking two by two is not allowed either.
- Otherwise you face arrest – Ngeh was the first.
- Keshvinder was next.
- And then Chan Ming Kai, who is seen here being handcuffed.
[flickr 26541172@N08 72157621766135683]
1714: The Perak Rights and Privileges Committee wants Zambry, BN-appointed exco member Hamidah Osman and the state secretary to appear before them over the next few days, according to a source: Zambry and Hamidah for proposing and seconding a motion on 7 May to suspend the Speaker when they themselves had already been suspended from the assembly; the state secretary for blocking elected reps from entering the state government complex today.
Hamidah – and her staff, on her behalf – apparently refused to accept her summons while someone from the state secretary’s office accepted his. Both Hamidah and the state secretary are required to appear before the committee on Tuesday while Zambry is required to appear tomorrow.
Perak Speaker V Sivakumar receiving a hero’s welcome at a DAP dinner on Saturday night
Perak Speaker V Sivakumar has paid tribute to his mother in a Mother’s Day message. Recalling how they came from humble beginnings, he said his mother was over the moon when he was appointed Speaker a year ago. But her proudest moment came when he was dragged out of the Dewan on 7 May because he was “brave enough to struggle for the people’s rights”.
Menurutnya, kesetiaan saya dalam memperjuangkan keadilan untuk rakyat telah membuat dirinya sebagai seorang ibu yang istemewa. Kata-katanya itu memberi rangsangan dan semangat baru dalam hati naluri saya.
Meanwhile, Siva has sharply criticised Hee Yit Foong for usurping his authority and attempting to create a “sub-Dewan” even though he was still presiding.
A relaxed Speaker Sivakumar safe and sound after a tumultuous day – Photo by Anil Netto
Blow to democracy: Police enter the Perak State Assembly this afternoon
I ran into Sivakumar a couple of hours after he was literally dragged out from the Speaker’s chair in the Perak State Assembly by police and other officers. He looked relaxed after what must have been the most difficult day of his life.
Hero’s welcome: Speaker Sivakumar is mobbed by ordinary Perakians – Photos by Kinta Kid
The Perak Speaker acknowledges the crowd
Keeping alive the flame of democracy, justice and freedom (Click to expand photo)
Kinta Kid reports from the first anniversary commemoration of the Pakatan in Perak last night:
The commemoration took place at the Tow Boo Keong Hall, a venue that actually has two halls separated by a temple in the centre. One of the halls was fitted with projectors for live viewing of the action from the main hall. The crowd was estimated at over 5,000 with the majority of them Chinese.
All the top guns were there such as ‘MB yang sah’ Nizar and Lim Kit Siang. But the hero of the night undoubtedly was the honourable Speaker V Sivakumar, the man who gave the country its Pokok Demokrasi after an emergency sitting of the Perak State Assembly was held beneath a raintree on 3 March 2008. Clearly appreciative of this person, the crowd in the hall rose and burst into applause as he arrived.
The Speaker’s lawyers (from left): Chan Kok Keong, Augustine Anthony, Tommy Thomas, and Phillip Koh Tong Ngee Photo by KK
V Sivakumar’s lawyers are going back to court again in another attempt to represent the Speaker, says my source in Ipoh after a press conference held by the lawyers.
Yesterday, the court ruled that only the state legal adviser could represent the Speaker.
This time the lawyers will argue that under Article 132 (3) of the Federal Constitution, the Speaker is not part of the public services, and therefore he should be allowed to engage private lawyers.
The majestic Democracy Tree that has now entered the annals of Ipoh folklore Photos by Jong (click to expand)
The raintree stands tall providing shade as the Perak State Assembly convenes an emergency sitting in the open air amidst the people.
All around, as Penang-based lawyer-writer Tan Ban Cheng observes, the traditional institutions of governance and democracy have not exactly distinguished themselves among the public.
Tense moments outside the state government building this morning (Click to expand)