Thursday, March 13, 2008

Perak MB's swearing-in put off

RTM (can you trust them?) just reported that the Regent wants the Barisan Rakyat to totally unite first before consenting the swearing-in. Also, from Malaysiakini:

Perak MB's swearing-in put off
Mar 13, 08 4:27pm

breaking news In yet another dramatic twist to the formation new state government in Perak, the swearing-in of Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as mentri besar has been cancelled.

Mohammad Nizar, a PAS assemblyman, was to be sworn in at the Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar at 4pm today.

However, palace officials made an announcement at 4.20pm that the ceremony had been put off. No reason was given.

It is learnt that the three candidates for the menteri besar post were involved in a prolonged meeting with the Regent of Perak Raja Nazrin Shah at the Kinta Palace in Ipoh just prior to the swearing-in ceremony.

The meeting lasted from 2.30pm to 4.05pm, hardly leaving any time for them to be at the 4pm swearing-in ceremony at the Kuala Kangsar palace, which is about one hour from Ipoh.

It is not clear what had transpired at the close-door meeting.

Yesterday the DAP-PKR-PAS coalition in Perak agreed to appoint Pasir Panjang state assemblyperson and Perak PAS secretary Nizar as the new menteri besar.

State DAP chairperson and Sitiawan state assemblyperson Ngeh Khoo Ham and an Indian state representative were to be the deputy menteri besar (1) and (2) respectively.

More stumbling blocks

However the appointment of Nizar was objected by the DAP leadership with party stalwart Lim Kit Siang saying that the party had only agreed for a DAP or a PKR menteri besar.

This morning the problem seemed to have been solved with Lim apologising over his objections and Ngeh stating that all misunderstanding have been clarified.

But in another twist of never-ending problems, PKR today issued a statement threatening to pull out from the state administration on hearing that eight of the 10 executive council posts will go to DAP while the remaining two going to other parties.

Originally it is believed that an agreement was made whereby DAP would get six exco posts and two each for PKR and PAS.

However, there was a last-minute change where DAP was given eight seats in the exco, while PKR one and PAS one.

Earlier news:

[1] PKR threatens to pull out of Perak state admin

[2] KeADILan’s Position on Perak

[3] Apology to Perak Sultan and Regent - No offence intended

[4] No DAP CEC mandate for PAS Menteri Besar in Perak

[5] PAS' Nizar is new Perak MB

Footnote: Also, I notice PKR keeps calling themselves 'KeADILan', even after the merger with Parti Rakyat Malaysia. Not that it matters, anyway. But I mean, to be more politically correct, correct, correct...

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