7 Opposition MPs: No Basis to Remove Dewan Rakyat Speaker, Deputy

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A group of opposition lawmakers today slammed the Perikatan Nasional government’s proposed plan to replace Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof and his deputy Nga Kor Ming.

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In a statement today signed by seven Opposition members, they explained that both Ariff and Nga had done their duties professionally and stressed that there was no solid basis for removing them.

“Parliament is an important institution as a medium of democracy and carries the voice of the people. It should not be a place of political manoeuvre for no apparent reason

“We, the Members of Parliament from the Opposition bloc parties, disagree and do not support the proposed change of Yang di-Pertua Dewan Rakyat and his Deputy because the position should be neutral and not affected by any political conflict.

“Both of them have served professionally as administrators and mediators of the honourable Dewan and there is no solid basis for removing both of them,’’ they said in the statement.

The seven MPs also pointed out that Ariff has been instrumental in parliamentary reforms, including the formation of six parliamentary committees — budget, major public appointment, rights and gender equality, defence and home affairs, consideration of bills as well as All-Party Parliamentary Groups.

The statement was signed by Fahmi Fadzil (PKR), Datuk Hasanuddin Mohd Yunus (Amanah), Alice Lau Kiong Yieng (DAP), Dr Maszlee Malik (Bersatu), Datuk Liew Vui Keong (Warisan), Wilfred Madius Tangau (UPKO), Baru Bian (PSB).

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had submitted a motion to replace Ariff and Nga on June 26.

Batu Pahat MP Mohd Rashid Hasnon, the other deputy speaker, is not affected.

Muhyiddin is expected to table the motion on the first day of the sitting on July 13.

Nga is a DAP lawmaker while Ariff is a retired judge. Ariff has also been lauded by both sides for making parliamentary reforms since coming to office in 2018.

Reportedly, PN’s choice of speaker is former Election Commission chairman Azhar Azizan Harun.