Nga Kor Ming and Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon have been sworn in as Dewan Rakyat deputy speakers.
Both Mohd Rashid and Nga, who are Batu Pahat and Teluk Intan lawmakers respectively, became the deputy speakers after ballot voting took place. Nga received 124 votes, while Mohd Rashid garnered 171 votes.
Also in the race was former deputy speaker Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee, who received 93 votes.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad proposed the names of Nga and Mohd Rashid on behalf of Pakatan Harapan.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail seconded the premier’s motion.
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi proposed Ronald Kiandee’s name for the post.
His motion was seconded by Pengerang MP Datuk Seri Azalina Othman.
Dewan Rakyat speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof then called for balloting to take place to decide.
“The Federal Constitution states that there must be two deputy speakers. We have received three names, so according to the Parliament’s Standing Order, the House will take a vote,” he said.
MPs returned to the House for the first time since the change of government following the 14th general election in May.
The Dewan Rakyat will convene for 20 days.