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.
1142: The stand-off has ended with the Pakatan reps holding a press conference. A letter has been submitted informing the state secretary and the state assembly secretary of a meeting to be held tomorrow in which Zambry will be required to appear.
The committee are now heading to Wisma DAP across the road for a quick word with their attorney, Kok Keong, before heading to Syuen Hotel.
Meanwhile, the police have used chains to lock the entrance gate to the state government complex.
1119: The Speaker and the Committee are still trying to find a way into the state government complex. Even a request from one of them, as an elected rep, to have a drink in the canteen was denied. The state secretary’s assistant is scurrying back and forth relaying messages between the state secretary and the Pakatan reps.
The situation got a little tense about 10 minutes ago, when the Adun for Simpang Pulai lost his cool and attempted to force his way through the gate.
The Pakatan reps have an alternative venue for the meeting at the Syuen Hotel nearby on standby.
Initially, about 20 police personnel were present. But eight more personnel, attired in riot gear, have arrived in a jeep.
1017: Speaker Sivakumar and the Perak Rights and Privileges Committee, which he chairs, are being denied entry into the Perak state government building complex in Ipoh for their 10.00am meeting.
They had earlier written to the State Secretary and the secretary of the Perak state assembly to informing them of the meeting, according to a source.
The reason given for denying them entry is that the Committee, which is mostly made up of Pakatan members, was purportedly dissolved after the 7 May sitting of the state assembly.