Perak DAP says snap polls the only way out

By Shannon Teoh

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — Perak DAP chief Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham has repeated the call to dissolve the state assembly and have snap elections to find a clear solution to the continuing constitutional crisis in the state.

This comes despite the fact that Speaker V. Sivakumar, who is also the DAP assemblyman for Tronoh, suspended Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and his six exco members yesterday for 18 months and a year respectively.

The move would give Pakatan Rakyat a majority in the assembly should it choose to table a no-confidence vote in Zambry, although Sivakumar's powers as speaker and as chairman of the rights and privileges committee are being questioned.

As such, Ngeh told The Malaysian Insider today, the best solution to the impasse is to have snap polls.

"I call for snap elections to be held immediately to solve the present crisis which will have a negative impact on the people of Perak if prolonged especially in view of the current economic crisis," he said.

Although this implies that he is not confident that Sivakumar's decision would be upheld, Ngeh added that the decision of the speaker and the committee "was based on constitutional provisions and must be respected".

"We see now how the constitution protects us from any party who grabs power unconstitutionally, illegally and undemocratically," he added.

Barisan Nasional chairman-elect Datuk Seri Najib Razak had masterminded a Feb 5 takeover of the state which saw four assemblymen pulling out of PR and effectively joining BN.

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