I was in town at around 4 pm today, and received a call from a friend from Sabah. Before I could say hello to him, he said, “we have won”. I at once knew that he was referring to the judgment by the High Court that Nizar had won his case, and is legally the Menteri Besar of Perak. This Sabahan friend of mine, though being an UMNO member, wasn't inspired by the nature of the BN's takeover of the Perak state government, which he said was likened to a thief that had broken through the rear door of a house, and claimed that all that is in the house belongs to the thief. And I believe, many in UMNO today felt the same.
Personally, the High Court's decision that favoured Dato Nizar came as a surprise to me, and I suppose to many others. Reading and listening to the mainstream media's comments concerning the case, gave little hope for Nizar, and even Zambry's comments on the May 7th fracas in the Perak State Assembly had made the opposition look like the villain to the entire ugly episode. But if one were to view the comments in the blogweb, a majority had been rather adverse towards Zambry, and one is not surprised that Zambry has been referred to by many unsavoury names by the bloggers.
With the decision of the High Court today, Zamby's administration will be remembered as being the shortest to have administered a state government i.e. 3 months. What is more hurting for Zambry, is that he and his 6 exco members had been ordered by the court to vacate their offices; a scene reminiscence of what exactly happened in February this year, when Nizar and his exco members were told to vacate their offices. It's tit-for-tat I suppose. This High Court decision too will impact upon the decision made by the palace, that had favoured Zambry's appointment.
Now, what about the official residence of the Menteri Besar and his official car? Will Zambry decide to vacate the official residence, and surrender his official car voluntarily, or will he be told by the State Secretary to do so? Now, what if the State Secretary refuses to take the instructions from Nizar? Will this tantamount to disobedience, and to face a possible sacking by Nizar? And what about the police and the local council authorities that had not been too kind to Nizar, when he was ousted as the Menteri Besar. Will Nizar be mean enough to retaliate against them? My only hope is for Nizar to be sensible enough not to overact, or to bear any malice towards Zamby.
The next few days will again see a flurry of activities in Perak, especially with regards to how Nizar would take Perak out of this political uncertainty. It is unlikely that Zambry will allow Nizar an easy time at governing the state; although Nizar is officially the head of government, but without even a simple majority in the state assembly.
I think, the only choice left for Nizar is to seek a dissolution of the state assembly from the palace, and to call for a fresh state election. Will this be Nizar's last course of action, and will the palace gives in to Nizar's request this time? Or will Zambry tries to call for a vote of no-confidence on Nizar, as a means of legitimising his appointment as the Menteri Besar again?
I personally see that there is no other option, except to allow the people of Perak their rights to elect a legitimate government of their choice, and at whatever the expense.
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