Friday, May 8, 2009

Sivakumar adhered to Pakatan plan to play stubborn

Replicated without permission from A Voice

Forget the constitution, assembly procedure and standing orders, the game at the State Assembly today was lost to the private messaging (PM) system.

It was the PM system installed for the right side of the Speaker in the Assembly that wanted them to be placed there. But the messaging system in the Assembly hall was removed. Speaker Sivakumar gila babi could not get a play-by-play instruction from his publicly despiced “svengali” Assemblyman, Dato Seri Ngeh Koo Ham. [Read this expose by blog RBF here]

Sivakumar was following the Pakatan Rakyat plan to play stubborn, refute and ignore the court order and standing order convention, and create sufficient chaos and disruption to stop the State Assembly from proceeding. This was obvious in Nizar’s press statement after the adjournment to refute the legality of the State Assembly.

It was a clear cut case that they hoped there would be no Assembly called before the 13th and there would be an automatic dissolution of the State Assembly. Subsequently a statewide general election would be called and they believed they will come out victorious. That is what lies behind their shallow cliché for returning power to the people.

Realistically, the people only vote individual representative and not in the appointing of Government and Head of Government. Whether the decision is based on party is subject to an endless never ending argument.

After the ceremonial watching of the guards by Pemangku Sultan, Raja Nazrin, Sivakumar was playing his instruction to the letter to refuse to commence the Assembly. He insisted that Menteri Besar Dr Zambery, 6 exco members, and 3 independents are suspended and thus, requested for their removals.

Sivakumar’s refusal to abide by the court order could be predicted by PAS lawyer, Hanipa Maidin’s lame opinion that the court decision is not an instruction and could be ignored.

The Assembly looks to be heading for a standstill with either side refusing to budge – Sivakumar refused to begin the Assembly meeting and 10 Barisan and Independent Assemblymen refused to leave the hall. There was a possibility that his Majesty may ended up being in the waiting room till midnight.

Then out of the blue, Deputy Speaker Hii came forward to take control of the Assembly and assume Speakership role. She ignored the jeering, irritating remarks and gestures, and near physical harassment by her former colleagues to initiate the Assembly’s proceeding.

Sivakumar was subsequently removed, Dato R Ganesan was voted as Speaker and Barisan Nasional took control of the Assembly.

For that moment, the Pakatan “Riot” could only create trouble and riotous gestures but was without an answer. Sivakumar was dumbfounded without any instruction coming in into the system from Ngeh and stand silent speechless without an intelligent response and argument to dispute.

By the time all motions particularly on the various important Committees and declaration on the illegality of "the meeting under the tree" were passed, the Pakatan "Riot" seemed to have turned dumb to go along to agree for a recess call by new Speaker Dato R Ganesan.

The unexpected “coup” by Hii stole away the attention and basically provided a basis for BN to buy another 6 months, sufficient for all matters in the courts to come to a decision. Is it legal? Go to the courts for resolution. They sure wouldn't mind if the courts favour them but not against them.

In the meanwhile, be ready with Pakatan Rakyat’s rhetoric on division of powers between judiciary, legislature, executive and constitutional monarchy. It is great in theory but seldom work in totality. After all, Nizar himself went through the courts for a legal redress. And, the decision on who would be Menteri Besar would be coming on Monday.

Throughout today’s episode and jungle animalistic act by the Pakatan Riotous politicians, one unknown hero will be technology.

SMSes to and from legal adviser and lawyers, Dato Shafee Abdullah and Dato Hafarizam with Menteri Besar Dato Dr Zambery and Senior Exco Dato Hamidah Osman must have really helped to time make Hii’s surprise move into a real surprise.

With Ganesan in the Speaker post, order begin to set in and the rest was a breeze despite the shouting, howling and hustling by Pakatan Riot ADUNs. Sivakumar and few ADUNs could not continue with their disrespectful ways and got thrown out with ease. The losing aggressor started to play victim drama. Lost are their misbehaviours.

By the time, HRH Raja Nazrin addressed the Assembly, all is lost on the Pakatan “Riot”. Nizar and his “elder brother”, Ngeh was disgracely disciplined in not so many words by the mere gesture of being called forward by HRH.

Technology, specifically the inavailability of the PM system it may have cost Pakatan "Riot". But, what could have happened should Deputy Speaker Hii was unable to break the deadlock? Let’s just be reminded merely the maxim majority should be in control and that is how the cookie should naturally crumble.

The expensive political cost to Pakatan Riot was well described by Zambery with the term tyranny of the minority. [Read MB’s press statement in full here.] They will have to think hard to spin and divert attention from their riotous misbehavior in and outside the Assembly which is clearly seen visibly and orally for the world and most importantly for the rakyat to see.

Now it will all depend on UMNO and the component parties of BN to take the necessary change and make themselves palatable to the rakyat. The lawyers, media, bloggers, technology etc. can only help so much. It depends on them now to win the mind, heart and heart of the people.

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