Media Statement by Lim Kit Siang in Ipoh on Tuesday, 5th May 2009:
Ipoh Police have done enough damage to its reputation and professionalism and should not prop up usurper Zambry’s hocus pocus proceedings in May 7 Perak State Assembly
The Ipoh Police have done enough damage to its reputation and professionalism in its conduct during the three-month Perak constitutional and political crisis, being used by the usurper Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir to undermine the important democratic principle and fundamental doctrine of the separation of powers among the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary.
The Police should not now allow itself to be used to prop up usurper Zambry and his executive council’s hocus pocus proceedings in the May 7 Perak State Assembly but must be aware that it has the sworn duty to protect the Perak State Assembly Speaker A. Sivakumar and all Perak State Assembly members (including Pakatan Rakyat) from interference from any quarter in the discharge of their powers and privileges.
In a political contest between the rightful and legitimate Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin and the usurper and illegitimate Zambry, the least expected of the police is to stay out of the political fray and not to take sides, or the police will be seen as trying to prop up an usurper Zambry regime that has no legitimacy whatsoever in the eyes of the people of Perak.
This is why reports by Pakatan Rakyat Assembly members that they were being harassed by the police personnel who snapped photographs of their family houses last weekend must be deplored in the strongest terms and taken seriously by the top police officers who must give the satisfactory assurance that they will not be used to support the unethical, undemocratic, illegal and unconstitutional power grab in Perak.
After the disastrous Umno-BN defeat in the Bukit Gantang parliamentary by-election, the Prime Minister and UMNO President, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, is trying to wash his hands of the Perak imbroglio. This explains Najib’s withdrawal as the Perak UMNO State Chairman, passing the buck to Zambry. I do not expect Najib to withdraw as UMNO Perak State Chairman if Umno/BN had won a decisive victory in the Bukit Gantang parliamentary by-election.
However, Najib should realize that as he was personally responsible for the unethical, undemocratic, illegal and unconstitutional power grab, whether he pulls out as UMNO Perak State Chairman is irrelevant as the undemocratic and illegal power grab in Perak will continue as one of his biggest baggages unless and until the Perak State Assembly is dissolved and the mandate returned to the Perakians to elect the state government of their choice.
Either the charade of the usurper Zambry administration is ended now with the dissolution of the Perak State Assembly and the holding of a state-wide Perak general election, or the public judgment on the unethical, undemocratic, illegal and unconstitutional power grab in Perak is postponed untll the 13th general election in less than three years’ time.
In the former, Zambry and his illegal exco are most likely to be evicted from the Perak State Government offices, with Nizar and Pakatan Rakyat exco returning to their rightful places.
In the latter case of the 13th general election, the undemocratic and illegal power grab in Perak will not only be the paramount issue in Perak but also the whole country, and it is not only Zambry who will be evicted from power but Najib himself is likely to end up as Parliamentary Opposition Leader and the shortest-serving UMNO/BN Prime Minister – fulfilling the “RAHMAN” political prophecy.
The whole nation and the whole world will be watching the hocus procus proceedings of the May 7 Perak State Assembly convened by the usurper Mentri Besar.
The reputation of Perak and Malaysia as a functioning parliamentary democracy is at sake, on which will determine whether it is a plus or minus for Malaysia’s international competitiveness and march towards the goal of being a high-income country.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor