Nizar seeking to dissolve Perak govt (Update 4)

(The Star) – Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin said that he will seek consent from Sultan Azlan Shah by 5pm Wednesday to dissolve the state assembly due to increasing uncertainty in the state.

Perak assemblymen Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (Behrang) and Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu (Changkat Jering) have quit PKR and Jamaluddin said on Wednesday that they were on the way to Putrajaya to join Umno.

Speculation is also rife that DAP’s Jelapang assemblyman and Perak state assembly deputy speaker Hee Yit Foong has defected or at least quit the party.

In the March 8 national polls, PKR won Perak with 32 seats against 27 Barisan seats.

On Tuesday, Nizar had reiterated that he would not be calling for state elections given the political developments of the past week but was prepared for any by-election.

He had said the Pakatan Rakyat government was “very stable” at the moment.

“Despite what has been happening the past week, we are very stable. There is no likelihood of the state legislative assembly being dissolved.

“In fact, we are getting sympathy and support from the people over what is happening.

“Should there be by-elections, not just involving Behrang and Changkat Jering, we are confident of winning the seats,” he had said.

In a The Star SMS poll that ran from Monday to Tuesday, 77.1% of 192 respondents said the best way to resolve the Perak situation would be to dissolve the state government and call for fresh elections.

Hee's service centre in Jelapang has been closed for the Chinese New Year festivities. Attempts to reach her on the handphone or at her house proved futile.

Hee was “missing in action” last Sunday as well, which fuelled rumours of her defection. DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng even came out with a statement stating that any Perak DAP elected representative who was incommunicado for more than 24 hours without reason would find their seats vacated.

At a press conference Sunday night at her residence in Ipoh, Hee hit out at Lim saying she was disappointed by his press statement, adding that he should have investigated first before releasing the press statement.

She quashed claims that she had resigned from Pakatan and joined MCA or Gerakan, saying she was still a DAP member and Jelapang’s elected representative.

“I have never had any intention of leaving the party and would feel very heavy-hearted if I did,” said Hee, who has been with the party for almost 22 years.

On Wednesday, Perak DAP chief Ngeh Koo Ham said he had not received any resignation letter from Hee.