What will Sivakumar do?

By Deborah Loh, The Nut Graph

WILL tomorrow, 7 May 2009, mark the end of the road for Perak Speaker V Sivakumar? Will he allow a motion to remove him as speaker and to appoint or elect a new one for the state legislative assembly?

Will he uphold the suspensions of Barisan Nasional (BN)-appointed Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and six executive councillors by barring them from entering the House?

How Sivakumar handles these two key points will speak of the Pakatan Rakyat (PR)'s democratic principles. The political strike-counter-strike in the last three months of the Perak constitutional crisis has seen PR having the upper hand because the speaker, who is a DAP assemblyperson, is aligned with the alliance.

If Sivakumar strikes out the motion for his removal, he would be seen as preserving his own, and the PR's, interests. To simple folk who support the PR, this may look heroic. To the more erudite, it raises the question: is the PR no different from the BN when it comes to wielding power?