By P Ramakrishnan
The Court of Appeal’s ruling as to who the legitimate Menteri Besar is has not in any way resolved the political crisis that the state of Perak has been embroiled in. That is the first point.
The sanctity of the the principle of the separation of powers has been unceremoniously violated and sacrificed for political expediency. That is the second point.
A peoples’ government duly elected and determined by 53 per cent of Perakians has been overturned. That is the third point.
The betrayal of three renegades who jumped ship for selfish reasons has been legitimised as contributing to the so-called majority of the Barisan Nasional that allowed the BN to ignore and dismiss the electoral process. That is the fourth point.
Through manoeuvring and manipulation, the peoples’ will has been subverted with impunity. That is the fifth point.
We can safely assume that the two renegades who have been charged in court will not be found guilty either because the case may be dropped or there may not be sufficient incriminating evidence. That is the sixth point.
It has been established that Article 72(1) of the Federal Constitution can be discarded and it will apparently become irrelevant in future cases involving the Opposition. That is the seventh point.
In future no motion of confidence will be allowed or recognised in the Perak State Assembly because it is not specifically provided for in the Perak State Constitution. That is the eighth point.
Speaker Sivakumar, if he claims to be the legitimate authority of the House, will be rudely dragged away from his seat by the sergeant-at arms amply assisted by the ever-willing police. That is the ninth point.
Any Pakatan assembly member who dares to challenge the BN-installed Speaker’s legitimacy will be suspended without any emolument. That is the tenth point.
This will be the scenario of Perak politics. This will be the corrupted version of our democratic process that will continue to shame us and haunt us until the people have the opportunity to right this grave wrong when the assembly is finally dissolved.
The court-appointed Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir has stated, “I believe that people will be able to see the truth now.”
No, Datuk, they have not seen the truth but they saw the farce that frustrated the democratic will of the people.
The court of law may have appointed you as the MB but the peoples’ court will definitely reverse this absurd decision and will ultimately re-appoint the legitimate MB, Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as the chief executive of Perak state.
As for the rest of the nation, they will remember Perak and they will remember this injustice when the time of reckoning comes.
[P Ramakrishnan is the president of social reform and human rights group Aliran]