For­mer judge Datuk Mo­hamad Ariff Md Yu­sof is new De­wan Rakyat speaker

For­mer Court of Ap­peal judge likely to get it to­day

New Straits Times - - FRONT PAGE - RIZANIZAM AB­DUL HAMID KUALA LUMPUR mrizanizam@nstp.com.my

FOR­MER Court of Ap­peal judge, Datuk Mo­hamad Ariff Md Yu­sof, who was tipped to be the new De­wan Rakyat speaker, was ex­pected to re­ceive the ap­point­ment let­ter by to­day.

“I am wait­ing for the of­fi­cial (ap­point­ment let­ter). We will (wait and) see be­cause if the let­ter is is­sued to­mor­row (to­day), it will be too close (to the Par­lia­men­tary ses­sion on Mon­day). I don’t think (the let­ter will be is­sued) on Sun­day,” he said yes­ter­day.

Ariff was com­ment­ing on me­dia re­ports that had named him and an­other for­mer Court of Ap­peal judge, Datuk Seri Mohd Hishamudin Yunus, as the can­di­dates for the po­si­tion.

Sun­gai Pe­tani mem­ber of par­lia­ment and Gu­run as­sem­bly­man Datuk Jo­hari Ab­dul, who was ear­lier tipped to be the next De­wan Rakyat speaker, along with sev­eral names, in­clud­ing Tan Sri Rais Ya­tim, had turned down the ap­point­ment.

Ar­ti­cle 57(4) of the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion states that an as­sem­bly­man cho­sen to be De­wan Rakyat speaker must re­lin­quish the state seat be­fore as­sum­ing the new role.

The first meet­ing of the first ses­sion of the 14th Par­lia­ment will run for 20 days be­tween July 16 and Aug 16.

The pro­ceed­ings on the first day will be­gin with Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad tabling the first mo­tion for the elec­tion of the De­wan Rakyat speaker.

The speaker’s oath-tak­ing cer­e­mony will be fol­lowed by the swear­ing-in of the 222 mem­bers of par­lia­ment in front of the speaker.

Dr Ma­hathir will be the first per­son to take his oath, fol­lowed by his deputy, min­is­ters, deputy min­is­ters and other mem­bers of par­lia­ment.

Next will be the ap­point­ment of the two deputy speak­ers con­sist­ing of mem­bers of par­lia­ment from the gov­ern­ment bench.

On Tues­day, Yang di-Per­tuan Agong Sul­tan Muham­mad V will of­fi­cially open the first ses­sion of the 14th Par­lia­ment.

Datuk Mo­hamad Ariff Md Yu­sof

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