AHMAD MASLAN VS KOR MING IS ON! ODDS ARE ‘COURT CLUSTER’S’ AHMAD MASLAN WILL BEAT DAP’S KOR MING – BUT AT LEAST THERE’S A VOTE & NOT A SHADY 3 DEPUTY SPEAKERS TRADE-OFF – AND UNLIKE FOR SPEAKER POST, WHERE AZHAR SEEMS TOO ‘CHICKEN’ TO FACE AZALINA

29/3/2018, Kuala Lumpur - A general view of Parliament building in Kuala Lumpur. Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

Motion to elect deputy speaker on Dewan Rakyat agenda today

THE election of a new deputy speaker will be on the agenda at today’s Parliament meeting.With the departure of Pengerang MP Azalina Othman Said from the post on August 23, the election tops the list of motions in the Dewan Rakyat order paper at the fourth session of the 14th Parliament.On Sunday, Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker Mohd Rashid Hasnon confirmed having received the names of candidates from the opposition bloc and the government and that if there was more than one candidate, the matter would be put to a vote.

So far, two names have been mentioned: Pontian MP Ahmad Maslan (Umno) and Teluk Intan MP Nga Kor Ming (Pakatan Harapan)

According to the order paper, the meeting will begin at 10am with the ministers’ question time, followed by the questions for oral answers session, before continuing with the motion of thanks and debate on the royal address by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

This is the first parliamentary session led by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob. – Bernama

Wan Junaidi ‘keen’ on third deputy speaker suggestion

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar seems to be supporting the creation of a third deputy speaker position in Dewan Rakyat.

The de facto law minister said the current burden borne by the speaker and two deputies are getting heavier and a third position would lighten their duties.

Wan Junaidi was responding to a question about the possibility of Parliament creating a third deputy speaker role.

According to him, the suggestion is spot on, but it has yet to be formally discussed at this stage.

The Santubong MP added that as a member of the cabinet, he has no intention of “disputing” the government by taking a step ahead on the third deputy speaker issue.

“The cabinet has not made a decision. So, I can’t speak (further),” he said.

Several sources from Pakatan Harapan and BN told Malaysiakini that the government is looking into creating a third deputy speaker role.

“There are some parties asking the government to create a third deputy speaker position that will be reserved to the opposition.

“The government is looking into it. If all goes according to schedule, they will make an amendment to the Federal Constitution and create the third deputy speaker post,” the source said.

The idea was also stated clearly by Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan, who was nominated by the government bloc to become the deputy speaker of Dewan Rakyat.

Ahmad made it clear about the suggestion in one of the 20 pledges he made if he were chosen to fill the position left vacant by Azalina Othman Said recently.

According to Ahmad, the third deputy speaker position may be reserved for an opposition representative and that one of the three deputy speakers should be chosen among Sabah or Sarawak MPs.

The Pontian MP will be contesting with the opposition’s sole candidate Nga Kor Ming (Teluk Intan) for the second deputy speaker post.

Wan Junaidi said he still wasn’t sure of the rumours.

“It’s only brought up by many politicians. I cannot assume it is an official stance of anyone at the moment.

“What I can say is there is no official decision from the government, even though this matter has been brought up by politicians,” said Wan Junaidi.  MKINI

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