It’s business as usual for Nizar

By Adib Zalkapli (The Malaysian Insider)

IPOH, Feb 4 – Embattled Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin said the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state government would continue to perform its duties until Sultan Azlan Shah makes the decision whether or not to dissolve the state assembly.

"I will continue running the state as usual with my Pakatan colleagues and every programme planned for the silver jubilee celebration will be carried out," Nizar told reporters after a state Pas meeting here.

On the meeting with the Sultan earlier, he said that he had informed the ruler that dissolving the state assembly was a better way to solve the uncertainties.

"The uncertainties cannot be solved with defections. It is better and cleaner to let the people decide," said Nizar.

"Tuanku will refer to the law. I understand that it is his discretion, and I'm sure the decision will be fair to the people of Perak," he added.

He also said that his meeting with the Sultan went well.

Nizar also questioned the announcement made by Datuk Seri Najib Razak that Barisan Nasional is now able to form the state government.

Earlier today Najib raised doubts on the legitimacy of the Perak government as he announced that the BN enjoys the support of the majority of the assemblymen.

The declaration by the deputy prime minister, who is also Perak BN chairman, was made after two legislators Jamaluddin Radzi and Osman Jailu quit PKR and pledged to support BN to form the new government.

Apart from the duo, who were state executive councillors, state assembly deputy speaker Hee Yit Foong also announced her resignation from DAP to be an independent and expressed support for BN.

Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasaruddin Hashim, who defected to PKR on Chinese New Year's eve, decided to rejoin Umno today.

BN now has 28 assemblymen and three independent supporters against PR's 28 in the assembly of 59 members.