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Live from Ipoh Court 9Feb2010 : Who’s Perak legal MB? February 9, 2010

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The Federal Court ruled on Tuesday that Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir is the rightful Perak Mentri Besar.

The decision was read out by Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria, who sat with Court of Appeal President Tan Sri Alauddin Mohd Sheriff and Federal Court judges Datuk Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, Datuk Wira Ghazali Mohd Yusoff and Datuk Abdull Hamid Embong.

The bench ruled that the Court of Appeal was right in reversing the High Court ruling.

The apex court ruled that if a mentri besar refused to resign, his office was deemed to have been vacated.

The bench ruled that the vote of no confidence could be determined by other means than from the Perak Assembly.

It was the final step in the appeal by former Pakatan Rakyat Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin to reclaim the Mentri Besar’s post.

However, the losing party in a court case can apply to the Federal Court to review its own ruling under Rule 137 of the Rules of the Federal Court to challenge the matter on constitutional points.

A calm-looking Nizar told reporters Wednesday that the decision was “not unexpected”

and that he and his team would need to study the written judgement before deciding what to do next.

1130 am : BN crowd being pushed further back by police fearing reaction from Pakatan supporters’ constant shouts.

1126 am : Pakatan supporters vent their anger, calling Zambry a coward

1123 am : BN supporters now reciting Rukun Negera outside Palace of Justice.

1122 am : Federal Court decision in Nizar’s appeal was unanimous, 5-0.

1120 am : Shouting match ensues outside Palace of Justice as opposing sides try to drown out each other.

1119 am : BN supporters praying while Pakatan supporters chant “Reformasi” outside Palace of Justice.

1118 am : BN supporters cheer as Zambry’s lawyers leave Palace of Justice.

1115 am : Nizar’s appeal dismissed. No cost ordered by consent of counsels out of public interest.

1113 am : Federal Court says – “In the present case, there is no doubt that Zambry has the support of 31 out of 59 members of the assembly.”

1110 am : “There is no requirement in State Constitution which requires vote of no-confidence to be taken in State Assembly” – Federal Court

1108 am : Police begin clearing entrance anticipating crowd coming out soon.

1100 am : Federal Court referred to special palace meeting between Perak Sultan & 31 assemblymen,

1059 am : Federal Court notes that test that Nizar had lost confidence of majority of assembly had been satisfied at special palace meeting.

1057 am : Perak Constitution Article 16 (6) requires Nizar to resign & not under Article 36 (2).

1055 am : Federal Court says this based on Sultan’s rejection to dissolve state assembly under Article 16 (6) of Perak Constitution.

1053 am : Federal Court finds Court of Appeal justified to reverse High Court decision.

1040 am : In Ipoh, ousted Perak speaker V Sivakumar is seen waiting anxiously for the Federal Court decision at the state DAP headquarters.

1032 am : Situation outside Palace of Justice now calm as crowd awaits decision.

1030 am : Zambry is not present. He is believed to be attending the Menteri Besar and Chief Minister’s meeting at the Prime Minister’s Department

1025 am : Zambry is not in courtroom

1020 am : Justice Ariffin gives background of case. Audience listen intently.

1017 am  : Chief Judge of Malaya Arifin Zakaria begins reading his judgement

1015 am :  Lawyer Philip Koh introduces Nizar’s team of lawyers

1010 am : Five-member panel of judges enter the courtroom

1008 am : Pakatan supporters now outnumber those from BN. Noisy chants of “Reformasi” and “Hidup Rakyat” follow.

1005 am : Police bring in chairs for DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang. Sits next to Perak senior exco Ngeh Koo Ham and Titi Serong rep Khalil Idham Lim

10:03am: FRU personnel order crowd to leave area near the court’s entrance and steps. Zambry supporters move to the left of the steps while Nizar supporters move to the right

1000 am : Police separate rival supporters gathered outside the Palace of Justice

0950 am : BN and Pakatan supporters appear to be in equal numbers now, about 200 on each side.

09:27am: Several Perak Pakatan state assemblymen denied entry into court.

09:03am: Nizar arrives with Ngeh Koo Ham. His supporters chant ‘bubar dun’ and “hidup rakyat dan takbir’

. Nizar waves to supporters. FRU stop supporters from getting near entrance

08:15am: Crowd swells outside court

07:30am: Reporters and the public gather as early as 6am. They were allowed to queue up at

7:30am for entry passes into the Federal Court to hear the final judgement today on who is the valid mentri besar of Perak.

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