Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir (seated) showing the list containing the portfolios of his executive councillors at a press conference in his office in Ipoh yesterday

Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, the new (second?) Perak MB after Nizar’s sacking by Perak ruler said Barisan Nasional takeover of Perak government from Pakatan Rakyat was done in a ‘true democratic process ‘.

He when mad and lectured journalists on ‘true democracy’ when it was suggested otherwise, according to Malaysia Insider.

When it was pointed out that he did not gain his position as menteri besar via an election, he grew visibly defensive and snapped back: “What do you mean? This is a democratic process.

“Do you understand democracy? I am asking you, do you understand the political philosophy of democracy?

“I am asking you back. Why are you not asking them (Pakatan Rakyat) back when they are talking about the party hopping?

“When they triggered everything right from the very beginning. You should ask yourself about that.”

When it was clarified that the question was not about defections but whether he feels he has the support of the majority of Perakians, he finally replied: “God willing, when you prove to the people your worth.

“Do not talk about democracy process if you do not understand democracy.

“This is the true democratic process.”

Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir also today announced the portfolios of the state executive councillors – an overwhelmingly Umno dominated line-up, with only one MCA representative – no Indian. Below are the full portfolios as reported by Bernama:

Zambry Abdul Kadir (Umno) — heads the Committee for Planning, Economy, Finance, Security, Land and Natural Resources, Agriculture, Housing and Religion.

Hamidah Osman (Umno) — Industry, Investment, Entrepreneur Development, ICT, Tourism and Women’s Affairs

Datuk Ramly Zahari (Umno) — Infrastructure, Public Facilities, Energy and Water.

Dr Mah Hang Soon (MCA) — Health, Local Government, Consumer, Environment, Transport and Non-Muslim Affairs.

Datuk Saarani Mohamad (Umno) — Information, Rural Development, Poverty, Welfare and Farming.

Mohd Zahir Abdul Khalid (Umno) — Education, Higher Education, Science and Technology

Zainol Fadzi Paharuddin (Umno) — Culture, Youth and Sports.

Advisers to the menteri besar:

Datuk Mohd Najumuddin Elias — Adviser for Islamic Affairs.

Datuk Chang Ko Youn (Gerakan) — Adviser for Chinese Affairs.

Datuk S. Veerasingam (MIC) — Adviser for Indian Affairs.

The appointment of Datuk Chang Ko Youn (Gerakan) — Adviser for Chinese Affairs and Datuk S. Veerasingam (MIC) — Adviser for Indian Affairs seen as an attempted to shore up support from the Chinese and Indian communities in Perak.