Perak's BN-PH unity govt could collapse, says legal expert

IPOH: There is a possibility that Perak's newly-formed unity government between Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan could collapse, says a constitutional law expert.

Datuk Roger Tan, a senior lawyer, said nothing can be ruled out due to the current political scenario in the country.

He said there was the possibility of Pakatan changing its mind.

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"There's also nothing to prevent Pakatan from working (with Barisan) at state level, as it is different from Federal level," he said when contacted on Tuesday (Nov 22).

"If Pakatan is happy with it, they can continue (working with Barisan) to ensure stability in Perak.

When asked if the state government could still collapse if Barisan decides to break the pact, he said that was another possibility.

"But the question is why would Barisan want to break off (with Pakatan), as they already have the mentri besar post even though they are the minority," he added.

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Several Barisan leaders, including caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, have stated that they will not support Pakatan or Perikatan to form the Federal Government and would remain as the Opposition.

The state government was set up following the swearing-in of Kota Tampan assemblyman and Perak Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad as the 15th Perak Mentri Besar at Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar on Monday (Nov 22).

On Tuesday, 10 state executive council members from Umno, DAP, Amanah and PKR were sworn in before Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah.

They included Lintang assemblyman Datuk Mohd Zolkafly Harun, Khairudin Abu Hanipah (Belanja) and Salbiah Mohamed (Temengor), Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin (Sungai Rapat), A. Sivanesan (Sungkai), Loh Sze Yee (Jalong), Teh Kok Lim (Aulong), Woo Kah Leong (Pasir Bedamar), Sandrea Ng (Teja) and Mohd Azlan Helmi Helmi (Tualang Sekah).

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