Kota Kinabalu: After 15 years, Sabah's political history looks set to be repeated in Perak. Both state governments were thrown into political turmoil after winning elections with a thin margin.
The already tumultuous Perak politics was thrown further into confusions yesterday when Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) assemblymen - Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi of Behrang and Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu of Changkat Jering - announced that they were quitting the party to become Independent assemblymen.
With Jelapang assembly member, Hee Yit Foong of DAP, had also quit the party and Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasaruddin Hashim returning to Umno, the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state government is now left with 28 seats, with Barisan Nasional (BN) holding another 28.
However, BN also has the support of the three "BN-friendly Independents" - Jamaluddin, Mohd Osman and Hee, who have given their undertakings to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak that they will support the new Menteri Besar to be appointed by the BN.
In what is seen as a change of political tide, Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin was Wednesday forced to take a drastic and an unprecedented move by announcing an immediate dissolution of the state legislative assembly, without first obtaining the consent from the Sultan of Perak.
To many people, the Perak political turmoil is Sabah's 1994 power struggle repeating itself all over again.
In the case of Sabah, the then Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) government, under incumbent Chief Minister Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, notched up a narrow 25-23 victory during the state election held about two weeks earlier.
PBS secured 25 seats while BN captured 23 out of 48 seats at stake at that time.
The euphoria was shortlived when days later three PBS assemblymen - Datuk Lajim Ukin, Datuk Rubin Balang and nominated assemblyman Datuk Zaini Isa switched over to the BN.
Further defections followed and it was clear that the PBS government could no longer hold on to power.
Unlike in Perak where the dissolution was without prior consent from the Sultan of Perak, Cyril said, during the announcement at the Sri Gaya, here, Pairin showed a declaration purportedly signed by the Yang Dipertua Negeri, consenting to the dissolution.
Tun Mohamad Said Keruak, denied having signed any document. The fourth-term PBS government lasted only two weeks before it was forced out of power.
The snap election it was seeking for did not materialise and the BN, now armed with a comfortable majority, moved in to take over the state's administration.
Petikan dari Daily Express Newspaper, Sabah.
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