Pakatan Harapan has opposed the efforts to replace Dewan Rakyat Speaker Ariff Yusof and his deputy Nga Kor Ming as proposed by the prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
In a statement, the Pakatan Harapan said former judge Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof had served fairly as the Speaker of Dewan Rakyat and had played “a crucial role in strengthening parliament while restoring public confidence in Malaysia’s most important democratic institutions.”
The joint statement was issued by PKR Secretary-General Saifuddin Nasution; Secretary-General of the Amanah Dr Hatta Ramli; and DAP Organization Secretary Loke Siew Fook.
“Yang di-Pertua has retired from politics after taking over the office after the 14th general election, playing a very important role in securing Parliament and other than restoring the public confidence in democratic institutions,” it said.
The statement said Ariff and Nga have already proven that institutional reforms that began the 14th general election were fruitful and must continue, so there is no need to change their positions at this time.
“The Pakatan Harapan secretary-general here expresses the full support of the Pakatan Harapan MPs toward the speakers and the deputies,” it said.
Previously, Ariff clarified that he accepted the proposal (no-confidence vote against Muhyiddin) brought up by Mahathir.
“A proposal under the Rules of Meeting 27 (3) raises the question: To submit a resolution to make a decision that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the Honorary Member of Pagoh does not have a majority of the members of the Dewan Rakyat.”
He said the motion under the Rules of Meeting 27 (3) was accepted to be brought to the Dewan Rakyat.
Last month, Muhyiddin submitted a proposal to replace Ariff and Nga. The proposal will be tabled during the parliamentary session beginning July 13.
Ariff said his office had received both motions for the debate to take place.
Ariff resigned as chairman of the disciplinary committee and a member of the Amanah’s expert advisory committee before being appointed speaker, while Nga, who is also a Teluk Intan MP, is still with DAP.
Deputy Speaker Mohd Rashid Hasnon, who is also a Batu Pahat MP in support of the Perikatan Nasional government, was not affected.
Former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law) Liew Vui Keong described Muhyiddin’s attempt to get rid of the Dewan Rakyat Speaker and its deputy to avoid a vote of no confidence against him.
“To ensure that he can avoid the no-confidence vote, he uses his capacity as prime minister to get rid of the Dewan Speaker and his deputy,” Liew said.
According to Liew, the effort also did not comply with the Federal Constitution and violated the doctrine of separation of powers.
Liew added that there was no reason to dismiss Mohamad Ariff and Nga, as both were professionally employed. While Rashid Hasnon’s position remained the same.
He said the unfairness was proven when the first MPs to be called out of the Dewan Rakyat after the 14th General Election were Pakatan Harapan (PH) government, representatives.
“There’s no one-sided room. Tan Sri Dato ‘Ariff himself was an independent Court of Appeal judge. What does the prime minister want to fear? “ he asked.
3rd July 2020 14:37
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