Special report: Revisiting the Perak crisis, 10 years on

Modified 12 Feb 2019, 4:30 am

Ten years ago this month, the Pakatan Rakyat-led Perak government collapsed after the defection of three assemblypersons.

The move by two lawmakers from PKR and another from DAP to quit their parties and pledge support for BN brought an end to the state government led by menteri besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, which lasted less than a year.

In conjunction with the 10-year anniversary, Malaysiakini revisits what came to be known as the Perak constitutional crisis, its key players and where they are today.

A decade on, the crisis remains relevant as a similar scenario was repeated in several states following regime changes in the 2018 general election.

In Perak, the tables were turned when two BN assemblypersons backed Pakatan's successor coalition Pakatan Harapan, ending a political deadlock where no political party had a clear majority.

Malaysiakini presents here a series of special reports which will be published beginning today until Feb 13.


Ten years after the Perak crisis microsite

2009 Perak crisis timeline

The Perak coup players

Tomorrow & Wednesday

Will an anti-hopping law be effective, and more. 

Share this story


By posting a comment, you agree to our Terms & Conditions as stipulated in full here


Foul language, profanity, vulgarity, slanderous, personal attack, threatening, sexually-orientated comments or the use of any method of communication that may violate any law or create needless unpleasantness will not be tolerated. Antisocial behaviour such as "spamming" and "trolling" will be suspended. Violators run the risk of also being blocked permanently.


Please use the report feature that is available below each comment to flag offending comments for our moderators to take action. Do not take matters in your own hands to avoid unpleasant and unnecessary exchanges that may result in your own suspension or ban.