Sunday, 2 May 2010

2nd Press Statement: Forum on "Consitutional Crisis in Malaysia - Why 2 Menteri Besars in Perak"

Forum on "Consitutional Crisis in Malaysia -
Why 2 Menteri Besars in Perak"

Panelists: Nizar, Zaid and Yeo


The 2nd Media Statement
28th April, 2010


The forum on "Constitutional Crisis in Malaysia - Why 2 Menteri Besars in Perak" will be held as scheduled. The details of the forum are as follows:

Date: 15 May 2010 (Saturday)
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Tropical Inn, JB

Persahabatan Semparuthi as co-organiser
Persahabatan Semparuthi has agreed to co-organise the forum. Persahabatan Semparuthi is an NGO of the Indian community. It began as a group concerned with the plight of the Indian community in southern region of the State of Johor. It begun with a group of citizens help to popularize a magazine known as "Semparuthi" which focuses on the miserable life of the lower strata of the Indian community. Semparuthi means hibiscus in Tamil. It subsequently develops into a group striving for the rights and well-being of the Indian community as well as other communities.

Well-known figures as panelists
The three panelists of the forum are well-known figures none other than Nizar Jamaluddin, the Pakatan Menteri Besar of Perak; Zaid Ibrahim, PKR central committee member; and Yeo Yang Poh, former president of the Bar Council. The forum will be conducted in Bahasa Melayu, English, and Mandarin.

Datuk Seri Nizar was one of the key persons involved in the tussle between Pakatan and Barisan for the state power in Perak during the constitutional crisis. He will share with us, in a unique way, his personal experience in the crisis. In particular, he would express his views on the refusal of Perak's sultan to dissolve the state assembly and the Federal Court rulings in the matter.

Datuk Zaid resigned from the Barisan Cabinet when he was a Minister in Prime Minister’s Department, as a sign of protest against the use of the draconian ISA against dissidents. Subsequently he joined Parti Keadilan Rakyat and was the candidate in the Hulu Selangor by-election. Unfortunately, he lost in the by-election. He alleged that the by-election was one of the dirtiest and most corrupt by-elections ever. He is one of the highly respected Malay leaders who denounced the UMNO racist tyranny.

Mr Yeo is a senior legal practitioner. He has been active in the Malayan Bar Council for many years. He is well respected for advocating human rights and democracy. He will speak on the issue from a legal perspective.

We welcome all who are concerned with the democracy in Malaysia to attend the forum. The admission is free.

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