Thursday 13 March 2008

Swearing-in of Perak MB Postponed

It has been reported the the swearing-in of the new Menteri Besar (Main [Head] Minister) of the State of Perak scheduled to have taken place at 4 pm today was postponed at the 11th hour.

This is what BERNAMA reported:

"March 13, 2008 17:53 PM

Swearing-In Of Perak MB Postponed

IPOH, March 13 (Bernama) -- The swearing-in of a PAS state assemblyman as the new Perak Menteri Besar which was scheduled to be held at Istana Iskandariah, Kuala Kangsar this afternoon had been postponed.

The postponement was announced by the Comptroller of the Royal Household at the Istana Iskandariah, Datuk Seri Raja Mansor Raja Razman.

Perak PAS secretary Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin was initially scheduled to take his oath of office as the Menteri Besar before the Regent of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah at 4pm today.

DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang had earlier instructed all the 18 DAP state assemblymen in Perak to stay away from the ceremony as he did not agree to the selection of the PAS representative as the Menteri Besar. Lim later apologised and retracted his statement.

Meanwhile, Istana Kinta said in a statement faxed to Bernama that the postponement was in view of the latest development that showed that the DAP, PKR and PAS had not reached a strong consensus in forming the coalition government.

The statement, signed by the Private Secretary to the Sultan of Perak, Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohamad Nor, said that Raja Dr Nazrin Shah had ordered that the swearing-in ceremony be postponed.

"In the light of recent developments, it appears to his Royal Highness The Regent of Perak Darul Ridzuan, that there are some uncertainties as to whether the three parties, DAP, PKR, PAS are able to work together to form a coalition, and form a stable government.

"As a consequence, His Royal Highness The Rengent of Perak Darul Ridzwan has directed that the appointment and swearing in ceremony of the Menteri Besar scheduled for this afternoon be postponed."

However, the statement did not indicate when the ceremony would be held."

The component parties of the coalition need to get their act together immediately.

What is needed is:

statesmanship, not showmanship and brinkmanship

unity of purpose, not self indulgence and distrust

strength of purpose, not weakness and deviant meandering

good governance, not pathetic tit-for-tat and uncertainty.

Unless the Barisan Rakyat house is set in order fast, the shaky BN will gather strength by taking full advantage of any breaches in the defences of their opponents.


Quam terribilis est haec hora - How fearful is this hour!

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