Sivakumar (left) speaking to the press after the court decision this afternoon. His lawyer, Mohd Asri Osman, is in the centre and on the right is lead counsel Chan Kok Keong. – Photo by Kinta Kid
1949: Sivakumar’s counsel had objected to the state legal advisor’s request for 14 days adjournment to file affidavits to oppose the Speaker’s application for an injunction. The Speaker’s argument was simple: does the State Secretary, who is the head of the civil service and not of the State Assembly, have the power to interfere in the affairs of the State Assembly?
Although the court dismissed the injunction with respect to tomorrow’s sitting of the State Assembly, the judicial commissioner fixed 1 Oct for the application for the injunction to be heard.
1632: The Pakatan side has failed to get the injunction they were seeking on the grounds that the application was made too late, according to another contact at the scene.
1612: All the main points have been submitted and Judicial Commissioner Tarmizi Abd Rahman is now deliberating, according to a contact. The Pakatan side wants him to decide if the State Secretary, as a civil servant, has the power to block a State Assembly sitting; it wants an injunction to be issued against him.
1515: While the BN federal government appears to have put Pakatan-ruled Selangor in its cross hairs, the Pakatan is going on the offensive in Perak after having been ousted from power there by the BN.
Judicial proceedings are now in progress at the Ipoh High Court that should determine if Perak Speaker V Sivakumar will be able to convene a State Assembly sitting tomorrow unhindered – six months after Perak Speaker V Sivakumar and Pakatan assembly members held an emergency sitting under the now famous Democracy Tree.
Sivakumar is seeking an injunction to preventing State Secretary Dr Abdul Rahman Hisham from blocking the entrance to the State Assembly, which is located within the State Secretariat complex in Ipoh.