Nizar confident of 2/3 majority in snap polls, accuses Najib of using scare tactics

By Shannon Teoh, The Malaysian Insider

Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin is confident that a snap elections will see Pakatan Rakyat (PR) returned with a two-thirds majority in the state assembly.

He said that giving the sitting government a stronger mandate would be better than Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s suggestion of handing power over to Barisan Nasional (BN) which claims a three-seat majority, which he called an attempt to “scare people”.

“Najib just wants to scare people by showing that he will be unconstitutional,” said Nizar.

“We are confident that Perakians will give us more than two-thirds majority,” he added.

Nizar had earlier obtained an audience with the Perak Sultan to request for the dissolution of the state assembly given the uncertainty following PR’s loss of four assemblymen.

For now, Nizar said that the PR state government is a legitimate one as constitutionally, it can only be changed by a vote of no-confidence in the assembly or if the Sultan gives his consent to dissolve the assembly.

“Changing government is not like changing coffeeshops,” he quipped.

As for Najib’s suggestion that the PR government resigns, Nizar retorted that there was no constitutional clause to force it to do so.

Instead he called on Najib “as prime minister in waiting, to be fair and show justice” to the people of Perak.

He said that until then the PR state government would continue as usual and proceed with activities as planned, including the Sultan’s ongoing silver jubilee celebrations.

He also called BN’s move “unethical” as it was now welcoming Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi and Osman Jailu “who were charged by BN to be corrupt”.