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Heavy security mar Nizar’s return to work

Posted in Uncategorized by malaysiasms on May 12, 2009

Malaysiakini

Large presence of riot police at the state secretariat building greeted Perak Menteri Besar’s Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin’s return to his office.
Police had positioned themselves at the building hours after the Kuala Lumpur High Court yesterday ruled that Nizar was the legitimate menteri besar.

mohammad nizar jamaluddin returns to work as menteri besar after court decisionAmong on standby were five Federal Reserve Unit trucks, one water cannon and at least about 50 uniformed policemen.

Nizar, his wife Fatimah Taad, and his eight exco members arrived at the building at about 7.30am, but were not allowed immediate entry.

A police officer said that only the Nizar and his exco members would be allowed entry.

Though civil servant vehicles were allowed easy entry, the entrance gate was only open slightly to allow Nizar and his exco members slipped in to the building’s compound.

nizar return to suk 110509 09Pakatan’s assembly speaker V Sivakumar who was unceremoniously sacked by the BN last Thursday was also in Nizar’s entouarage.

Nizar however did not protest to this treatment nor the fact that the press were kept out.

Just before entering the state secretariat, Nizar and his men had prayers by the roadside.

The police have blocked one side of the road leading to the state government’s building.

Traffic was at a crawl and as a number of schools are located nearby, students were affected by the heavy security.

nizar return to suk 110509 06At 7.45am, Nizar left the state secretariat to Kuala Kangsar for a ceremony at the palace where the Regent of Perak will also be present.

This will be his first function as the menteri besar following the court decision yesterday.

However Nizar said late yesterday that he has yet to be granted an audience with the regent.

Nizar will be asking for the state assembly to be dissolved when he is granted an audience.

Meanwhile back at the state secretariat in Ipoh, the police started to loosen the security level in stages. By 9am, the FRU had already left the building.

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