The Kuala Lumpur High Court today ruled that Datuk Seri Mohammed Nizar Jamaluddin remains the legitimate Menteri Besar of Perak as he had not yet faced a vote of no confidence from the State Assembly.
High Court judge, Datuk Abdul Aziz Abd Rahim, said that according to the Constitution of the State of Perak, a Menteri Besar could only be dismissed through a vote of no confidence and such a vote did not take place in Nizar’s case. As such, Abdul Aziz ruled that there was no vacancy in the office of the Menteri Besar of Perak and the incumbent, Nizar, remained the legitimate Menteri Besar. His dismissal under Article 16 (6) of the Constitution of Perak was deemed to be null and void.
Barisan Nasional’s contending Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, filed for a stay in the execution of the High Court’s decision but it was rejected by the High Court.
When asked about the decision by the High Court, Nizar said that he will be seeking an audience with HRH the Sultan of Perak soon to seek the dissolution of the State Assembly so that new elections can be called. Nizar also asked Zambry and his EXCO to immediately vacate their posts.