Thursday, 7 May 2009

Chaos in Perak Assembly: BN speaker appointed, Pakatan speaker thrown out (update)

Live coverage by the Star -battleground Ipoh - here and Malayasiakini here.

Malaysiakini Bahasa Malaysia version (free), here

4.05pm: New speaker Ganesan adjourns the assembly to a date to be decided after the Regent of Perak, Raja Nazrin, delivered his his royal address.

Update (2): 3pm Malaysiakini :

BN speaker 'appointed', Pakatan speaker thrown out

After six hours of pandemonium, dozens of plainclothes police physically removed speaker Sivakumar (picture left) from his chair and dragged him out of the hall.

Earlier, Pakatan reps tried to shield him (Sivakumar) but more plainclothes men entered the House and managed to breakthrough the human barricade. At present, there are scores of plainclothes men wearing tags which read 'official' in the House.

Several Pakatan reps were also dragged out and the ensuing melee saw several flower pots being smashed.

When the assembly resumed at 2.15pm, the. Pakatan reps had tried to physically stop Ganesan from entering the chamber.

There was a lot of pushing and shoving among the state reps. A few punches were being thrown about as well. A number of reps climbed up the table. It was complete pandemonium in the assembly.

BN and Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen get into a scuffle before the start of the afternoon session of the Perak state assembly sitting on Thursday. - 7 May, 2009

Update ( 1):

Chaos in assembly, BN speaker 'appointed'

Perak BN reps 'appoints' MIC's R Ganesan (picture left) as the new speaker. But V Sivakumar declares him 'illegal'. Nevertheless four motions 'passed' by BN reps. Ganesan adjourns assembly.

Reporters inside the assembly said there was mayhem in the chamber, with legislators shouting at each other. (Read Bernama's report Chaotic Perak Assembly Sitting With Two Speakers )

earlier report:

Ipoh Barat MP (second left) arguing with Ipoh OCPD Azizman Alias after he and Ipoh Timur MP Lim Kit Siang were banned from entering the state secretariat building in Ipoh.

Police confiscate two boxes of the banned "One Black Malaysia" T-shirts from a Pakatan Rakyat supporter's stall in Manjoi. - 7 May, 2009

Two more politicians have been arrested by the police for breaching the injunction against gathering at the state secretariat.

They are Siput MP Dr D Jeyakumar (PSM) and PAS' MP for Parit Buntar Mujahid Yusof Rawa (picture right).

Also arrested was Malaysiakini columnist and activist Helen Ang.

Police had earlier nabbed 11 people and herded them into a police lorry inside the state secretary compound.

They include one MP (Ampang PKR MP Zuraida Kamaruddin) and and three state assemblypersons - DAP Ayer Keroh state rep Khoo Poay Tiong, DAP Teratai state rep Jenice Lee (picture left) and DAP Bahau state rep Tey Kok Seong.

Some were hauled in for gathering outside the assembly, in defiance of a police ban, while others were dragged out of nearby restaurants, reports Malaysiakini.

Hundreds of police and riot squad were deployed at the state assembly which was blocked off with barricades to prevent black-clad protesters from reaching the building.

Pictures: Courtesy of the Star and Malaysiakini


Lee said...

Can you imagine the despicable Camry Hee trying to chair the State Assembly.What a bloody joke?The son of the Perak sultan should not be made a fool of.The meeting should be adjourned until the the Judiciary have decided who controls the State.
Its as simple as that.Why make a mockery of democracy?Such childish behavior as switching off the mike is making Malaysia a laughing stock!

Anonymous said...

It amazes me no end reading how these so-called representatives of the people are behaving in the House.

Macam busak-budak.

Anonymous said...

Tok mommy,

that's me above.

The last sentence should read as: "budak-budak."

a perakian said...

What an untter digrace! Name calling and all.

So uncivilised, I must say. Such shameful behaviour of these yang "tak berhormat."

Decorum was not observed and the rule of law was totally discarded.

I say shame to all of you, especially the BN reps for buldozing your way with little respect for protocol.

Anonymous said...

I find it so ironic that it was reported that outside the state building, (which houses the state assembly), it was calm and under control yet more than 64 people including public members who were eating at a nearby restaurant were arrested by the police.

Yet the chaos and malee occurred in the August house where the yang berhormats traded insults and even punches.

How disgraceful!

hakimi said...

It's just so...disgusting.

Dont they have no shame?

These politicians.

These wakil rakyats.

I'm referring to these usurpers, of course.

atok said...

Wah depa gaduh macam anjing dengan kucing. Bercakaran, tolak-menolak...kerana apa ya?

Mempertahankan keadilan (justice)amalan demokrasi dan kehendak rakyat Perak?

Betul ke? Atau memperahankan kuasa politik masing-masing?

Anonymous said...

Keghairahan untuk berkuasa amat ketara. Adakah mereka akan ghairah bekerja untuk rakyat bila berkuasa nanti??

When it is over and done I hope these YB's will look back and see how silly they have been.

Pak Maloi said...

Padan muka Siva. Tak gheti bahasa. Kan dah kena angkat keluaq dewan. Tak malu muka.

Tak habih-habih fakatan Rakyat nak buat kacau-bilau. Sampai bila?

Cukup-lah. Kami dah muak dengan tindak-tanduk depa. Jenuh betui.

Yang tu penyokong2 di luaq bangunan sekretariat nak demonstrasi apa hei? Depa tak dak kerja ke?

Aku memang setuju betui depa semua kena tangkap.

puteri said...

Tok mommy,

What were these aduns thinking? The world is looking at us making a mockery of democracy.

They think they were playing musical chair or wot?

Fighting like kids...standing on the table, shouting, screaming & hurling abusing language at one another and snatching the microphone from the former speaker to stop him from speaking.

They have brought down the House to the level of a circus.

Malu nye!

kawan lama said...

kak ton,

The fiasco in the Perak State assembly only succeeded in building more resentment of the ordinary people, like me, against the Barisan Nasional Government.

No matter how one one wants to justify the takingove of the state government from the Pakatan, what happened yesterday proves what a bully the Barisan/Umno politicians can be.

By saying this many will, I am sure, accuse me of being a Pakatan supporter and sympathiser.

I am not. I am all for good governance.

But the chaos in the assembly yesterday says it all - Barisan/Umno will never change.

It is as arrogant as ever.

Anonymous said...

Dear Kak Ton:
To all opposition and BN supporters, the incidents is nothing but a pure hooligans and ruffians rule the day. This are the same persons whom you all elect to be your elected Members of Parliament. This are the person whom all of you put high hopes to protect n lead you and your childrens to be the best citizens of this country. What are they leading you and the best example that they had shown you. Except for how to behave like an animal!!!!
Give a big clap to yourself for having an animal to represent your district.

anak Perak said...

Engkau orang semua miss the whole point lah.

ADUN pakatan amat biadap sungguh terhadap Raja Nazrin yang telah berkenan merasmikan sidang tersebut.

Bagaimana mereka boleh membuat Raja Nazrin tunggu sehingga lima jam sedangkan mereka bertengkar dan bergaduh untuk mendapatkan kerusi?

Cuba fikirkan. Bukan biadap, namanya! Tak beradap!

How could they show such disrespect to the Regent?

Biadap. Sungguh biadap!

Purple Haze said...

The Perak Royalty should not have agreed to the convening of the State Assembly until all the legal issues have been settled.

By attending, there is no way to have avoided being dragged into this fiasco as something was bound to happen.

HRH Sultan Perak would have been seen to be neutral if he had told both sides of the divide to "cool it" until legitimacy has been settled.