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Published: Friday February 6, 2009 MYT 5:10:00 PM
Updated: Friday February 6, 2009 MYT 7:52:28 PM

Nizar refuses to step down as Perak MB (Updated)

IPOH: Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin refused to resign as Perak Mentri Besar on Friday on the conviction that he still legally holds the post under the Perak State Constitution.

"We are not rejecting the Sultan's command, but we are appealing to him to follow the provisions of the Perak State Constitution."

Mohammad Nizar said the state government and Pakatan Rakyat leaders would request for an audience with Sultan Azlan Shah to appeal for dissolution of the state assembly to enable a state election to be held.

He said when he was granted an audience with the Sultan earlier, he was ordered to resign from his post and the Sultan also did not consent to the dissolution of the state assembly.

"I humbly beg to differ and say to his Royal Highness that 'I, as the MB and leader of the House, am appealing not to have to resign from the post'," he told a press conference at his residence, Bernama reported.

Shocked to find their offices cleared, Mohamad Nizar and his state executive councillors held a news conference to express their dissatisfaction.

”This is ransacking my office. There is no notice of eviction,” he said.

He said he only received a letter from the State Secretary, Datuk Abdul Rahman Hashim, to return the keys to the office, the official car and others.

Mohamad Nizar insisted that the Pakatan Rakyat government was legitimate and “until there is a vote of no confidence against me, I will not tender my resignation.”

Meanwhile, in Kuala Lumpur Pakatan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said Nizar remains the legitimate mentri besar of Perak according to the state constritution.

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