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Thursday February 5, 2009

How the Perak state government fell

Jan 25: Umno’s Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasarudin Hashim quits Barisan to join PKR.

Jan 26: Perak Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Tajol Rosli Ghazali takes responsibility for defection. Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin claims three more will leave Umno and join PKR.

Jan 27: Nasarudin goes into “hiding”.

Jan 28: Tajol Rosli quits as Perak Umno liaison chairman. Nasarudin resurfaces, says he will not change his mind. Barisan drops first hint of defections from PKR.

Jan 29: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak takes over as Perak Barisan chairman and state Umno liaison chairman.

Jan 30: Nizar dismisses talk that both Jamaluddin (Behrang) and Mohd Osman (Changkat Jering), who were charged with corruption last August, would be crossing over. Several Umno assemblyman claim PKR agents had approached them to cross over.

Jan 31: Jamaluddin and Mohd Osman go “missing”. Eight Umno branches in Bota disband, members join PKR.

Feb 1: Perak state assembly Speaker V. Sivakumar releases undated resignation letters signed by the two. Both deny resigning and claim they were forced to sign the letters after the March 8 elections.

Feb 2: Sivakumar submits the resignation letters to the Election Commission and declared seats vacant. Nizar meets Sultan of Perak. Jamaluddin and Mohd Osman fail to show up at press conferences.

Feb 3: EC rules that Changkat Jering and Behrang seats are not vacant. Both assemblymen quit their seats to become Independent. Perak deputy speaker Hee Yit Foong goes “missing” but later states she is still with DAP.

Feb 4: Hee turns Independent. Nizar meets Sultan in bid to have assembly dissolved. Najib announces fall of Pakatan government and says Barisan is ready to take over.

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