Press Statement by Lim Guan Eng in George Town on Tuesday, 9th February 2010:
Dissolve the Perak State Assembly and return power to the people by holding fresh elections
DAP expresses deep disappointment at the Federal Courtís unanimous decision that Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir is the rightful Menteri Besar of Perak following the defection of 3 Pakatan Rakyat ADUNs towards BN on 4 February 2009.
The Federal Court decision is contrary to the basic democratic principle that a government must be elected by the people. Any government that does not derive any directly elected mandate, not only violates the democratic principle of peopleís power but also questions the legitimacy of a people-centric government of the people, by the people and for the people.
Whatever claims BN and Dato Seri Dr Zambry may make over the state government of Perak, there is no denying the fact that both were not democratically elected by the people of Perak in the 2008 general elections. To restore democracy and the constitutional right of the people to determine their government, DAP reiterates our call to BN to dissolve the Perak State Assembly and return power to the people by holding fresh elections.
*Lim Guan Eng, DAP Secretary-General & Penang Chief Minister; Member of Parliament for Bagan