Showdown in Ipoh?

IPOH, Feb 5 — Pakatan Rakyat leaders are locked in an emergency meeting following Sultan Azlan Shah's refusal to grant a dissolution of the Perak state assembly and his order for Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin to resign.

It is understood that Nizar is planning to refuse the order to resign.

This will lead PR on a collision course with the Sultan, whose decision has been greeted with immense criticisms even on his own website where visitors have been expressing their disappointment.

It is understood letters have been sent by fax to the MB's and all state executive councillors, asking them to vacate their offices.

The police have also set up road blocks around the state secretariat here.

Many offices have also closed early for the day, with employers asking their staff to go home early.

It remains unclear if a planned public rally tonight will go ahead but Barisan Nasional leaders are already going ahead with plans to form the next state government. [read more]

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