Saturday, February 14, 2009

Zambry, excos asked to face Perak's Special Privileges Committee - Star

Feb 14, 2009 By SYLVIA LOOI

IPOH: Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and his six newly sworn-in state executive councillors have been summoned to face the state's Committee of Special Privileges.

Perak state assembly speaker V. Sivakumar said the committee had on Friday decided to call the seven to face it on Feb 18 at 2.30pm following complaints by Canning assemblyman Wong Kah Woh against them.

"I have asked the assembly secretary Abdullah Antong to send letters to the seven requesting their presence on that day," he told reporters at the State Secretariat on Saturday.

The basis for Wong's complaints, he said, was that the seven had shown contempt of the House.

Asked whether there would be repercussions if the seven failed to show up, Sivakumar said:

"The purpose of the meeting is to gather information and compile a report from it. The report will then be presented when the House sits."

It would then be up to the House on what actions were to be taken, added Sivakumar.

On whether his move would be seen as a counter attack against Barisan Nasional, Sivakumar said what he did followed procedures.

"The committee exists and any member of the House has the right to complain against another," he added.

In an immediate response, Dr Zambry said he had yet to see the letter sent by Sivakumar.

Dr Zambry reminded Sivakumar to be mindful of what he was doing.

"He must know what he is doing. Do not do things according to your mood," he said, adding that Barisan had referred several cases to the committee but Sivakumar had failed to act on them.

On whether he would bar the three independents from entering the Dewan when the August house sits, Sivakumar said:

"The three ceased to be Perak state assembly members when I submitted their resignation letters to the Election Commission."

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