IPOH: The much anticipated second face-off between ousted Perak Assembly Speaker V. Sivakumar and his successor Datuk R. Ganesan at the State Secretariat building failed to materialise.
Sivakumar, who said last Friday that he would report for duty yesterday, failed to turn up.
Members of the media started to gather at the building as early as 9am but were later informed by Perak DAP chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham that the Tronoh assemblyman would not be going to the office for fear that he would be “taken away” by the police.
“We received information that there would be heavy police presence at the State Secretariat building,” he said, adding that the DAP had asked Sivakumar to stay away to avoid being “taken away” like what happened during last Thursday’s pandemonium at the assembly.
Ngeh said Sivakumar’s absence did not mean that Pakatan Rakyat recognised Ganesan as the new Speaker.
Pressmen noticed that there were a few policemen outside the building yesterday.
Ganesan, who arrived at 9.50am to pay a courtesy call on Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, said he was not in a hurry to move into the Speaker’s office as he wanted to give Sivakumar time to pack his things.
Ganesan said he would direct the building administration to take the necessary action if Sivakumar refused to vacate the office.
Asked whether he should get a declaration that he was the legally-elected Speaker, Ganesan retorted: “I have no doubt I was legally elected.”