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Zambry Grateful, Hopes Opposition Will Respect Legal Process


SLIM RIVER, May 22 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said he was grateful for the Court of Appeal’s decision to declare him as the rightful Perak menteri besar and hoped the opposiion would respect the legal process.

“I am grateful to Allah and humbled to hear the decision and it was same feeling when I was informed of the High Court’s decision (which had on May 11 declared Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as the legitimate menteri besar,” he said.

Zambry was speaking to reporters after he simultaneously opened the meeting of the Umno branches in the Tanjung Malim division, here, Friday.

“I hope the opposition will respect the ongoing legal process for peace and stability in Perak as this is what the people want.

“Let the court process take its course. Don’t use the ceramah (public talks) to vent anger or refute the court’s decision,” he said and stressed that he and the Barisan Nasional (BN) executive council members would focus on the state’s administration and development.

He said he would shoulder the responsibilities entrusted to him to the best of his ability in governing and developing the state.

Zambry, who is also Perak BN chairman, said throughout the state’s political crisis, BN tried its best to maintain peace and stability by not organising ceramah and street demonstrations.

Asked about the possibility of the legal process to drag on to the Federal Court, he said let the legal process take place and without the issue being manipulated.

Earlier, the hall where the opening ceremony took place, reverberated with loud applause and shouts of “Hidup Umno dan Hidup Zambry” immediately after the Appeals Court’s decision was announced.

Tanjung Malim Umno division chief Datuk Khusairi Talib said the decision was received by Zambry via SMS at about 3.55pm.

The three-man bench of the Court of Appeal Friday unanimously declared Zambry as the rightful menteri besar of Perak as it held that the order made by the High Court on May 11 in declaring Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as the legitimate menteri besar was wrong.

It also held that the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah was right in appointing Zambry as the new menteri besar based on Article 16 (2) of the Perak Constitution, after being satisfied that Zambry had the support of the majority in the state legislative assembly.

Meanwhile, in IPOH, Perak Gerakan chairman Datuk Chang Ko Youn said the opposition pact of DAP, PKR and PAS and their supporters should accept today’s court decision.

He said Perak BN also felt that if Mohammad Nizar wished to refer the case to the Federal Court, it was his legal right.

Chang said what was more important for BN now was to focus all efforts on the state’s economic development which had been “disturbed” by the political uncertainty in the last few months.

“The people should accept the decision of the Court of Appeal with an open heart,” he said when contacted by Bernama.

Chang, who is also Gerakan deputy president and Zambry’s adviser, said it was unfair to BN for DAP to say there was justice if a court’s decision favoured the opposition but claimed there was interference if otherwise.

Perak MIC chairman Datuk G. Rajoo, while asking the opposition to accept the court’s decision with an open heart, also urged them to work with BN for peace in the state for the sake of the people.

“The decision shows to the people that BN operated within the law,” he said.

Senior state exco member Datuk Hamidah Osman said the court’s decision should be respected and hoped that it would end the political crisis in Perak.

“With this decision, the state government can be more effective as it can concentrate on serving the people. A lot of time had been wasted (due to the political crisis),” she said.

Another state exco member, Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, said for the good of people in Perak, all political parties should cooperate by not creating tension following the Court of Appeal’s decision.

Dr Mah, who is also MCA Youth vice-chief, said extreme political practices should stop.

Manong assemblyman Datuk Ramly Zahari said the court’s decision should end the political crisis in Perak if it was respected and supported.

“BN has always been consistent and has abided by any court decision,” he said.

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