Guan Eng: Zambry cannot be MB yet

By Jacqueline Ann Surin, The Nut Graph

It is wrong of Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir to  reassume the position of Perak menteri besar (MB) after the 11 May High Court ruling that declared Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin the rightful MB, the DAP said.

"In a case involving a death penalty, a stay of execution does not mean the accused would be freed. It simply means the person has to wait until the final judgment is made," DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said in a statement today.

Lim was commenting on Zambry's resumption of duties as the Perak MB after the Court of Appeal on 12 May granted a stay of execution on the High Court's ruling.

"Zambry has no right to take over the menteri besar post. Since the High Court has decided that Nizar was the rightful menteri besar, Zambry is nothing but an usurper of power," Lim said.

He said in this situation, Nizar is the menteri besar because he was the one who was popularly elected by the people.

After the Court of Appeal granted a stay, Zambry said he would continue as menteri besar until the case was resolved when the Court of Appeal makes a decision.

Yesterday, Nizar filed an application in the Court of Appeal to set aside the stay. His application will be heard on 18 May.

In the meantime, Nizar and his executive councillors (exco) from the Pakatan Rakyat have vacated their offices in the state secretariat, while Zambry and his exco from the Barisan Nasional have reoccupied the offices.