Court of Appeal: Zambry is Menteri Besar
May 22, 2009
The appellate court today allowed an appeal by Barisan Nasional’s Zambry Abd Kadir to reverse the Kuala Lumpur High Court decision that had declared Pakatan Rakyat leader Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as the rightful menteri besar of Perak. And in the process the court ruled that Zambry was the legitimate Perak menteri besar.
Justice Md Raus Sharif – who is leading a three-member bench – said this was an unanimous decision by the Court of Appeal. The other judges in the panel were Justices Zainun Ali and Ahmad Maarop. The courtroom was silent when the judgment was read out.
Nizar was represented by a team of eight lawyers led by Sulaiman Abdullah while senior lawyer Cecil Abraham appeared for Zambry. Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail – who stood as an intervener – was also present. Lawyers Mohd Hafarizam Harun, Firoz Hussein Ahmad Jamaluddin and M Reza Hassan held a watching brief for BN.
On May 11, Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Abdul Aziz Abd Rahim proclaimed Nizar as the rightful menteri besar. He ruled that the Sultan of Perak could not dismiss the menteri besar.
Zambry had appealed against that decision. Nizar’s lawyers told the court today that they will be appealing to the Federal Court. In an immediate reaction, Zambry who was attending a function in Slim River, said he was glad that the decision was in his favour. “The truth has prevailed,” he said.