Sunday, March 16, 2008

Swearing-in Of Perak MB Tomorrow


March 16, 2008 11:29 AM

Swearing-in Of Perak MB Tomorrow

IPOH, March 16 (Bernama) -- The new Menteri Besar of Perak will be sworn in at Istana Iskandariah in the royal town of Kuala Kangsar tomorrow.

The private secretary to the Sultan of Perak, Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohamad Nor, said the Regent of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, had consented to the swearing-in of State PAS secretary Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as the Menteri Besar.

Mohammad Nizar, who is also Pasir Panjang assemblyman, will take his oath of office, pledge of loyalty and secrecy before Raja Nazrin at 11.30am, he said in a statement faxed to Bernama today.

The swearing-in of Mohammad Nizar, a 51-year-old engineer, scheduled for Thursday, was deferred in the absence of a consensus to form a coalition state government among DAP, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and PAS.

On Thursday, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang ordered all the 18 party assemblymen in Perak to boycott the swearing-in following a disagreement over the appointment of Mohammad Nizar as the 10th Menteri Besar of Perak.

Kit Siang, however, apologised and retracted his order later.

On the same day, the PKR, unhappy over the allotment of exco seats, threatened to pull out from the coalition government.

Following re-negotiations, PKR has been allocated three exco seats compared to one earlier, DAP will have six from eight initially, and PAS one, in addition to the Menteri Besar's post.

Following squabbling over exco seats, Raja Nazrin ordered all the 31 assemblymen from the three parties to submit to him individual letters of undertaking, pledging support to the formation of a coalition government and accepting the appointment of Mohammad Nizar as the Menteri Besar.

The letters were handed to Abdul Rahim to be presented to Raja Nazrin the next day.

-- BERNAMA

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