The Perak Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives are determined to proceed with their planned state assembly sitting today despite a police order barring anyone from gathering at the state secretariat.
Ousted menteri besar Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin and some of the Pakatan state reps started arriving to the state secretariat at about 8.45am. Some 150 supporters were present.
The police have also cordoned off the tree under which the last Pakatan-held state assembly was held in March. About 100 police personnel are on standby.
At 9.45am, all the Pakatan representatives and their speaker V Sivakumar began walking from the Perak DAP office towards the state secretariat. They were accompanied by some 50 supporters.
Three reps arrested
"The court order says the public cannot be in the vicinity, but is silent on state assemblypersons. It is illegal to stop state assemblypersons fromperforming their duties...
"Furthermore, Section 90 of the Criminal Procedure Code says that such an order must be gazetted." [See notice on court order]
The group then attempted to march on, but was blocked by a row of riot police. Ngeh was arrested at 10.10am.
Also arrested was Stanley Tan (below), a photographer with Nanyang Siang Pau, who was said to have been kicked in the process.
Also arrested were Malim Nawar state rep Keshvinder Singh and Simpang Pulai assemblyperson Chang Ming Kai. Three other members of the public were also arrested.
By 10.20am, the Pakatan reps and their supporters retreated to the state DAP headquarters which is located just behind the state secretariat.
Here Sivakumar told reporters that the assembly would be convened at the nearby Heritage Hotel based on the doctrine of necessity.
Nizar meanwhile slammed the police over their high-handed approach in arresting the three state representatives and the others.
"This is the holy month and yet they behave in such manner," said Nizar.
It was also learned that Keshvinder was hurt in the process of being arrested and has been taken to the Ipoh Hospital for treatment.
Pro-BN crowd arrives
The police quickly moved in to disperse this crowd, which they did, but not before unfurling banners just next to the Pakatan supporters.
The banners generally showed support for BN's Menteri Besar Zambry Abd Kadir and his state government.
Eye-witnesses reported that the police took a much softer approach in dealing with this crowd.
Seeking to set aside order
In another development, Pakatan lawyers applied to the court this morning to set aside the Ipoh Magistrate's Court order yesterday which prohibits any gathering within a 30m radius of the state secretariat.
The order was obtained by the police to stop the gathering and is effective from 1am today to 11am tomorrow.
Ipoh police chief ACP Azisman Alias said yesterday that only civil servants working in the building would be allowed to enter the building today.
The notice for the meeting today was issued last week by Pakatan's speaker V Sivakumar, who is also the Tronoh state assemblyperson.
BN's speaker R Ganesan had however asked state assemblyperson to ignore the notice as it was issued by an illegal source.