Vote of confidence against current MB not first time post challenged in Perak


Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu's loss of the motion of confidence against him on Friday (Dec 4) is not the first time the Perak state assembly has been rocked with manoeuvring against the mentri besar of the day.

The first such incident was in 2009 with the tussle between Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.

The 2009 constitutional crisis arose after three Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen quit their parties to become independent state assemblymen, leaving Pakatan and Barisan Nasional with 28 assemblymen each in the 59-seat Perak legislative assembly.

As the then-mentri besar, Nizar had advised Perak Ruler Sultan Azlan Shah to dissolve the state assembly and call for fresh state elections to resolve the impasse.

However, Sultan Azlan did not consent and then named Dr Zambry the new mentri besar.

In a suit filed on Feb 13,2009 in the Kuala Lumpur High Court, Nizar challenged the legitimacy of Dr Zambry’s appointment, seeking a declaration that he (Nizar) was the rightful mentri besar and an injunction to bar Dr Zambry from carrying out the duties of mentri besar.

On May 11 of the same year, the High Court ruled in his favour, rendering Dr Zambry’s appointment null and void.

However, a day after that, the Court of Appeal granted Dr Zambry a stay of execution, allowing him to remain as mentri besar until his appeal against the High Court ruling was disposed of.

On May 22 2009, the Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that Dr Zambry is the valid Perak mentri besar.

In setting aside the High Court’s decision earlier which ruled that Nizar was the rightful mentri besar “at all material times, ” the three-man bench held that Nizar had ceased to command the confidence of the majority of the Perak State Legislative Assembly at the time.

This was followed by another issue in the aftermath of Pakatan Harapan's win in the 14th General Elections in 2018, as a political impasse happened in Perak when both Pakatan and Barisan could not achieve a simple majority in the state assembly.

Ultimately, Faizal - then-state Pakatan chairman - was sworn in as the new Perak mentri besar, ending a four-day saga.

In GE14, Pakatan won 29 state assembly seats, Barisan had 27 and PAS had three.

Pakatan eventually managed to secure 31 seats to form the government on May 12 after two Barisan assemblymen pledged their support to them.

However, when Pakatan collapsed as the Federal Government in February this year, some of the lawmakers in Perak jumped to a different party, while one became an independent.

In the latest incident, a motion of confidence was moved by Pengkalan Baru assemblyman Datuk Abdul Manaf Hashim against the Chenderiang assemblyman and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy president.

A total of 10 assemblymen voted in support of Faizal, 48 did not support him and one abstained.

The Perak state assembly is made up of 25 Umno assemblymen, 16 from DAP, five from Bersatu, five from Amanah, three from PKR, three from PAS, one from Gerakan and and one independent assemblyman.

Faizal said during the sitting that he accepted the loss of confidence against him wholeheartedly and would abide by the decision for the benefit of the people, ensuring the transition of power would be done smoothly.

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