Wednesday, February 10, 2010

PM should advise dissolution of the Perak Assembly

Yesterday's Federal Court's 5-0 judgment declaring Datuk Zamry Kadir as the rightful Mentri Besar of Perak was a disappointment for all Perakians who had supported the Parkatan Rakyat in the 2008 general election.

It was also a sad day for democracy.

In a parliamentary democracy, the question of loss of confidence in the Mentri Besar can and should only be determined by means of a vote in the state assembly.

But the Court has ruled that this question can be determined by a means other than a vote of no-confidence in the state assembly.

When asked about the prime minister's advice for him, Zamry said Najib hoped that the agenda for the people would be carried out.

In October last year, Najib told the MCA that the solution to MCA’s leadership quandary must not only be legally correct but also morally and politically acceptable.
He said that the MCA must take steps based on these factors or it would never win the support of the Chinese community.

Let me remind Najib that the present Perak government certainly does not meet all the three factors which he has outlined for MCA. He should know that the only correct advice he should give to Zamry is that Perak Assembly must be immediately dissolved.

If Zamry does not dare to face the voters, it simply goes to show that he himself knows that a government that has been formed without meeting all the three factors which the Prime Minister has mentioned, will never win the support of the people.

While he can refuse to immediately dissolve the state assembly , he will finally have to face the people .

Pakatan Rakyat and the Perakians will ensure that come the next general election, Perak Barisan Nasional will be met with its worst ever electoral defeat.

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