In a unanimous decision, the five-member panel led by Court of Appeal president Allaudin Mohd Sheriff ruled that Perak speaker V Sivakumar had acted beyond his powers in issuing the suspensions.
With the lifting of the suspension, Zambry has avoided a near calamity for Perak Barisan Nasional as he can now seek the sultan’s consent to convene a state assembly sitting before the May 13 deadline.
Under the Perak constitution, a state assembly sitting must be held every six months. The last sitting was held on November 13 last year. Should the deadline not be met, it is assumed that the assembly must be automatically dissolved.
The case today arose from Sivakumar’s Feb 18 decision to suspend Zambry and six others from the state assembly, 18 and 12 months respectively, following a Perak state assembly's special privileges committee inquiry.
At the time, Sivakumar said that the decision was reached because the seven failed to explain “their contempt of the state assembly” by declaring themselves menteri besar and excos