Chaos Marks End to First Day of Parliament Sitting, Just an Hour After Art Harun Took Charge

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The Dewan Rakyat sitting today has been adjourned amid continuous ruckus throughout ongoing debate session.

Hari Anggara

The motion to adjourn today’s sitting was made by Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan after he proposed to replace several Parliament Select Committee members which had also sparked an uproar.

“Shame on you, shame on you! Bad performance on your first day,” were words shouted by the Opposition bloc MPs in reference to newly appointed Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun, as they made their way out of the House.

Although Azhar had just opened the floor for debate, he adjourned the sitting anyway, despite Batu Kawan MP Kasthuriraani Patto demanding to speak as it was her turn to debate.

“Point of order, point of order!” she shouted as she was demanding to be heard.

Today’s Parliament sitting, the first full sitting of the year, lasted shorter than usual with discontent expressed by the Opposition bloc as Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof was removed as Dewan Rakyat Speaker and Teluk Intan MP Nga Kor Ming as the Deputy Speaker.

The Opposition bloc maintained that the replacements were done unreasonably and not done in accordance to the Standing Order.

The sitting was adjourned until tomorrow after MPs on both sides refused to calm down.