What’s up in Perak?Posted: February 2, 2009
From Malaysiakini (with subscription):
Perak state assembly speaker V Sivakumar said that he had received letters of resignation from both Behrang assemblyperson Jamaluddin Mat Radzi and Changkat Jering assemblyperson Osman Jailu.He said that he received their letters at about 5.45pm at his house.
“They have stepped down as state assemblypersons with immediate effect,” he said in a statement today.
With that, Sivakumar declared both the Behrang and Chankat Jering state seats vacant, necessitating two by-elections soon.
However the announcement of the resignations by the speaker is disputed, at least by Jamaluddin, who broke his five-day silence late this evening.
According to a report in The Star Online, Jamaluddin is reported as denying that he had resigned as a state representative. He also challenged the validity of his resignation letter.
“This is an undated letter that I and six other PKR assemblymen were made to sign in March last year,” he said.
He said that the letter was only a pledge of loyalty, stating that if they (the state representative) were to ever quit PKR, they would automatically vacate their seats. He added that the letter was signed under duress and that he would be discussing the legality of it with his lawyers.
I don’t know what to make of all this. Jamaluddin says that the letter was a “pledge of loyalty”, but “signed under duress”. Somehow, they don’t seem to fit one another.
I honestly don’t know what to comment.
Can the resignation letters be retracted? Will the by-elections really go on?
This is very confusing to me. And to make things even more confusing, Jamaluddin had this to add:
[I]n the Star report, Jamaluddin was quoted as saying that he would be quitting PKR to become an independent.
“My problems are with PKR leaders, not with the people of Behrang. I will not simply shirk my responsibilities to them,” he said.
What’s up in Perak?