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From Malaysiakini

11.00pm Ceramah ends peacefully following a prayer session. Mohd Nizar the only top brass to speak. Others key figures present like Anwar, Hadi, Kit Siang and Guan Eng did not address the crowds, estimated at about 6,000 who were requested to disperse peacefully. They were told to attend Friday prayers at Ubudiah Mosque in Kuala Kangsar tomorrow.

From The Nut Graph

11:09pm: Ceremah at Perak MB's residence is over. Crowd spilling out on the street.

11:05pm: Protestors gathered on the road outside the Perak MB's residence stomp on a poster of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak. Police presence in the area increases.

10:25pm: Signatures to petition the sultan to dissolve the state legislative assembly are being collected from the crowd at the ceramah held in the compound of the Perak MB's residence.

10:12pm: DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang addresses the growing crowd at a ceramah within the Perak MB's residence compound. In his speech, he exhorts the people: "Don't give up protecting the people's rights. This is not about protecting the MB. Ini perjuangan suci … satu jihad. This is not the time to be sad but to raise your spirits and fight."

10:04pm: Protesters gather on the road just outside the Menteri Besar's residence. They blow whistles and chant "Reformasi!" Some hold signs asking motorists to honk in support of the Pakatan Rakyat state government, and many do.

From Malaysiakini 

10.20pm: Crowds growing. Police are not preventing people from entering the MB's residence. The hall where the ceremah is held is totally packed. Many willingly stand outside to listen to the speeches from Pakatan leaders. Crowds estimated at 4,000 now. FRU troops now seen patrolling outside the MB's residence. 

10pm: Ceramah is ongoing in the MB's residence. About 3,000 people are said to be in attendance listening attentively on the sprawling grounds of the official residence. Crowds appear orderly. Situation calm and peaceful. Only about 50 policemen present. Pakatan bigwigs yet to take to the stage.

From The Nut Graph:

9:52pm: More people pour into the compound of the MB's residence. The crowd, consisting of all races, is now estimated at 8,000 strong. Shouts of "Umno! Israel" are heard.


9:44pm: Angkatan Muda Keadilan chief Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin addresses the crowd, which has now swelled to over 4,000 people of all races. He alleges that the assemblypersons who quit the Pakatan Rakyat were bought over. "BN are cowards. BN ignores the people's vote on 8 March," he says to the crowd gathered outside at the Perak MB's residence.

9:30pm: Perak state legislative assembly speaker V Sivakumar addresses the crowd. In his speech, he says the Election Commission (EC) has violated his powers as a speaker in rejecting the resignation letters of the assemblypersons who have quit Pakatan Rakyat. He alleges that the executive is meddling in Perak politics through the EC. "Semua BN mahu. Semua dia mahu control. We must teach the BN a lesson," he tells the 2,500 strong crowd gathered at the MB's residence.

9:16pm: Perak MB Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin has emerged from the main building of his residence and is set to address the 2,500 Pakatan Rakyat supporters gathered at there. A local resident, Chan, an accountant who was at the scene with a group of friends, told The Nut Graph: "We are a group of friends who are here tonight because there has to be something ordinary people like us can do to show support. It cannot be that the state government is taken over just like that."

8:40pm: Some of the 2,500-strong crowd at the Perak MB's residence start shouting slogans at police and passing traffic. "Hancur BN", "Reformasi", "Makkal Sakti", as well as "Najib" and "Altantuya".

From Malaysiakini 

8.45pm: Five FRU police trucks arrive creating some tension among those gathered outside the MB's residence. The crowd shouted at the riot police, while PAS security team closes the gate to the MB's residence. However, the police made no attempt to enter the residence.

8.15pm: Among the crowd seen outside the MB's residence are former de facto law minister Zaid Ibrahim and popular blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin. 

7.50pm: About 1,000 Pakatan supporters are gathering outside MB's official residence. More are streaming in, creating a traffic jam in the area.


From NST

7:47pm: The PM says the Sultan of Perak has consented to swear in Pangkor assemblyman Datuk Dr Zambri Kadir as the new Perak Menteri Besar at 3pm tomorrow at Istana Iskandariah, Kuala Kangsar. The other 30 assemblymen will be sworn in on Tuesday at 10am at the same venue.

6:47pm: The swearing in ceremony for the Barisan Nasional assemblymen to form a new state government has been deferred to tomorrow at the Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar.

6:25pm: The Prime Minister was seen leaving Istana Kinta with an unidentified man in a batik shirt seated next to him inside his car.

T5:50pm: The Prime Minister was seen entering Istana Kinta, accompanied by eight other heavily tinted cars. He joins Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, 28 BN assemblymen and the three PR defectors for what is likely to be the swearing-in ceremony of the 31 assemblymen. 

From MalaysiaKini

5.50pm: PM Abdullah arrives at Istana Kinta. He joins Najib and all 28 BN state representatives as well as the three Independents. They will be sworn in by Sultan Azlan Shah to take over the state government.

From HarakahDaily

Sementara Speaker Dun, V Sivakumar mendakwa dipujuk menyertai BN dengan sejumlah wang dan jawatan penting peringkat negeri dalam MIC.

Namun dalam perkembangan terkini, Nizar dijangka tidak akan melepaskan jawatan selain disebut akan mengadap semula Sultan Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah bagi membincangkannya.

From MalaysiaKini

4.58pm: A new BN government is expected to be sworn in today. Bernama reported that Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and the state BN representatives have arrived at Istana Kinta. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is on an official visit to the state, is also expected to be present at the palace any time now.

4.53pm: The police have taken over the state secretariat building. All Pakatan officials in the complex are told to pack up and leave by 5pm.

4.50pm: Pakatan leader Anwar Ibrahim said that they want to meet the sultan to convince him to dissolve the assembly.

4.45pm: PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said that the Pakatan leadership fully backed Mohd Nizar's government. He added that the menteri besar will not resign unless a special state assembly session was called or fresh elections held.

4.40pm: Mohd Nizar tells the press conference that he would not resign from his post as the menteri besar. He urged the people to back his Pakatan government.

From MalaysianInsider

Pakatan Rakyat leaders are locked in an emergency meeting following Sultan Azlan Shah's refusal to grant a dissolution of the Perak state assembly and his order for Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin to resign.