From the Malaysian Insider:
Shoving match in tussle for Speaker’s chair
By Adib Zalkapli and Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
IPOH, May 6 — The Barisan Nasional-installed Speaker Datuk R. Ganesan has announced another “adjournment” of the House for another hour even though the sitting has yet to be opened while Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen try to get him to leave the House.
Earlier, BN and PR state lawmakers were engaged in a shoving match as Ganesan attempted to take the Speaker’s chair while the PR Speaker V. Sivakumar refused to vacate his seat.
Sivakumar attempted to reconvene proceedings but the situation descended into pandemonium with lawmakers on the verge of coming to blows.
While both BN and PR still claim to be the legitimate government, there is now also two assembly Speakers after Ganesan took his oath as the new Speaker in a corner of the hall following Deputy Speaker Hee Yit Foong’s “removal” of Sivakumar.Earlier, Sivakumar had refused to vacate the Speaker’s seat while Ganesan presided over the sitting of BN assemblymen from his corner.
Sivakumar has also announced that he had written a letter dated yesterday rejecting the tabling of all motions, including one to remove him and to install Ganesan as his replacement.
The PR-appointed Speaker also pointed out that Raja Nazrin Shah had not yet declared open the sitting of the assembly.
At 11.30am, the assembly was “adjourned” for an hour by Ganesan, resulting in a respite to the shambolic proceedings with both BN and PR lawmakers taking their respective places.
Earlier, Sivakumar had ordered BN Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and other BN lawmakers out of the assembly.
Zambry had also repeatedly tried to table a motion to remove the speaker, which Sivakumar has rejected repeatedly as well.
Sivakumar had refused to convene sitting of the assembly until Zambry and six other BN lawmakers whom he had suspended leave the hall.With the streets outside turned into what the DAP’s Lim Kit Siang has called a “war zone,” the Perak state assembly convened earlier with Sivakumar asking Zambry and six other lawmakers to leave the hall, turning the assembly into a scene of chaos amid shouting and screaming.
Earlier, all other assemblymen arrived, with PR lawmakers seated at the government benches.
Outside, more than 20 people, including at least six lawmakers, were arrested and scores others refused entry into the Perak State Secretariat as police locked down Ipoh city ahead of the controversial state assembly meeting.
Traffic was gridlocked as police rolled out barbed wire and mounted road blocks in a 500-metre radius from the building, allowing in only those with special passes and preventing hundreds of protesters clad in black T-shirts from the sitting to be opened by Raja Muda Raja Nazrin Shah.
"This has become a war zone. This is a national and international disgrace. Even when we have received official invites from the speaker, we are refused entry," Lim told reporters outside the restricted zone after his car was stopped from entry.
"It is most shameful and outrageous," the Ipoh Timur MP added. Beside him was Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran who was also not allowed into the complex. Kula's political secretary P. Sugumaran was earlier detained by police for refusing to leave the place.
PKR Wanita chief and Ampang MP Zuraida Kamarudin and DAP's Teratai (Selangor) assemblywoman Jenice Lee, Ayer Keroh's Khoo Poay Tiong (Malacca) and Bahau's Tey Kok Seong (Negri Sembilan) were also among those arrested. They were clad in black T-shirts and wore caps that said “Bubarkan DUN” or “Dissolve the State Assembly”, a key demand by the Pakatan Rakyat government toppled by Barisan Nasional in early February.
The electoral reform group Bersih, comprising opposition parties and some activists, urged Malaysians to wear back today, prompting police to arrest its spokesman Wong Chin Huat two days ago for sedition. The media studies lecturer is expected to be released from police remand tomorrow.
It is learnt that police have seized 200 black T-shirts emblazoned with the words “1BlackMalaysia” from a stall near a Kampung Manjoi surau where PAS supporters had earlier performed subuh or dawn prayers. Police had earlier warned against people gathering or wearing black.
They also shut down the roads around the state secretariat, causing traffic congestion in this normally sleepy capital city. Police said the roads will be reopened later in the day.
Ousted Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and his executive council together with backbenchers, equalling the Barisan Nasional numbers at 28, were taken with police escort to attend the sitting in the 59-seat assembly.
Three other lawmakers are independent after they walked out of Pakatan and precipated the imbroglio.
Sivakumar arrives at the state secretariat at 9.35am and gets a salute from the honour guard as he is escorted by assembly secretary Abdullah Antong Sabri.
He is followed by Zambry who also receives a salute as Sivakumar and Abdullah escort him.
Raja Nazrin Shah arrives at 9.45am and inspects the honour guard. Secretariat officials then allow lawmakers, special guests and journalists into the assembly hall.
Police yesterday set up roadblocks at the Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab-Jalan St John junction and near the Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman flyover.
They had obtained a court order to prevent illegal gatherings around the state secretariat and traffic police were on hand to divert traffic around the government sector in Ipoh.
DESIDERATA: It's like a Shakespearean play with comedic nuances but deep social,political consequences, and a democratic system is being manipulated by certain PLAYERS to be more like a demo-crazy court of jesters and circus performers.
IF ONLY THE "KEY PLAYERS" HAD PERFORMED THEIR DUTIES RIGHTFULLY, the Perak State assembly would not have dexcended into CHAOS and is becoming a CIRCUS. Except the laughing time is over-run and the Rakay have become "tired and weary..."
DO THE RIGHT THING -- DISSOLVE THE PERAK STATE ASSEMBLY IMMEDIATELY!
GO BACK TO THE ELECTORATE OF PERAK TO DECIDE THEIR OWN FATE!
ISN'T THIS THE CORE PURPOSE OF DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT WHEN THERE IS A STATE OF IMPASSE/STALEMATE?