The Perak Rights and Privileges Committee holding a press conference after meeting at an alternative venue – Photos by Jong
The scene this morning as Perak Rights and Privileges Committee members are denied entry into the Perak state government complex – Photo by an eye-witness
1548: Earlier, one DAP officer refuted the claim that the Perak state government personnel had not been informed of the Rights and Privileges Committee meeting this morning. “How could they (say that) when we faxed over to them the notification yesterday and they have acknowledged it?!” he exclaimed. “If they had not known, how come those uniformed police were waiting for us early in the morning? They have no business to be there to stop the people’s elected state representatives from entering the (SUK) building.”
1137: After being denied entry, the Committee has switched the meeting venue to a function room inside the Syuen Hotel coffee house. A press conference will be held at 1.00pm.
1102: Sivakumar has just been given a letter by the Assistant State Secretary denying him and the committee the right to enter the building. The reason? Apparently, no one in the state secretariat building had been informed of the meeting.
The meeting was called after the Perak State Assembly member from Pokok Assam lodged a complaint with the Rights and Privileges Committee about the 7 May sitting of the assembly. The complaint was about the BN assembly members holding their own “proceedings” while Speaker Sivakumar was trying to restore order. The Committee comprises five Pakatan Aduns and one BN Adun and is chaired by the Speaker.
1034: There is a situation outside the Perak state government complex. Officials including the police are barring Speaker Sivakumar and the Committee from holding a meeting. It was supposed to start at 10.00am but about 20 police personnel had closed the gate as early as 8.00am, reports an eye-witness at the scene.