Sivakumar remains mum on assembly issues

Written by Surin Murugiah, The Edge

Two members of the Perak State Assembly claim to be the menteri besar, but Speaker V Sivakumar remained tight-lipped about how they would be seated when the House assembles on May 6.

Current Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, who was appointed by the Perak Sultan on Feb 6, is being challenged by Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, who wants the courts to declare that he is the rightful holder of the post.

“No comments on that (the seating arrangement) for now,” Sivakumar told reporters after chairing the Special Rights and Privileges Committee here on May 5.

“On the agenda for May 7 is the parade, royal address and I have received two motions,” Sivakumar said.

“The first motion seeks my removal as speaker and the second is to appoint a new speaker. That’s all for now,” he said, without indicating if he would accept or reject the motions.

Sivakumar said that he had not received any reply from Sultan Azlan Shah to his request for the assembly meeting to be postponed to a later date.

The privileges committee was convened to investigate a complaint by Titi Serong assemblyman Dr Khalil Idham Lim Abdullah that state assemblymen were prevented from entering the assembly on March 3.

Sivakumar said the powerful committee had asked Perak State Secretary Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Hashim, Ipoh police chief OCPD ACP Azisman Alias and state DAP chief Datuk Ngeh Khoo Ham to appear before it to testify.

He said only Ngeh came to testify, while Abdul Rahman and Azisman sent him letters stating they could not attend as it was very short notice.

Sivakumar said he had received the complaint from Khalil Idham on April 30.

“The letters from the two were almost identical, like cut and paste. Moreover, the letters said I didn’t follow Standing Order 72(2).

“I have written to Abdul Rahman asking him to explain this to me,” he said.

Sivakumar said he will prepare his report on the findings of the committee to be presented to the state assembly when it convenes its meeting.