Election of new Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker postponed again

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No reason given for delay.

The election of a new Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker has been postponed again and will be tabled in the next meeting.

Bernama

A motion seeking the postponement was tabled by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

The motion was approved with a voice vote. No reason was given for the delay.

Wan Junaidi said the motion to postpone the election of a deputy speaker, listed as Item 1 on the Order Paper was tabled in accordance with Standing Order 90 (2).

The election of a new Deputy Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat is necessary to fill the vacant position following the resignation of Pengerang member of parliament Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said on Aug 23.

The election of a new deputy speaker had already been postponed once from the previous parliamentary session in September.

Wan Junaidi had on Sept 14 said the election of a new Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker had to be postponed as the government is planning to create a third deputy speaker post for the opposition.

To do this, he said an amendment to Article 57(1)(b) of the Federal Constitution was necessary.

It was reported that two MPs have been nominated for the position from the government and opposition, with former Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker Nga Kor Ming (PH-Teluk Intan) named as a candidate for the latter.