Who will be Se­lan­gor Speaker?

Men­tri Be­sar keep­ing mum on can­di­date for the deputy too

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By WANI MUTHIAH wani@thes­tar.com.my

KLANG: Now that the Se­lan­gor exco line-up and the port­fo­lios have been an­nounced, the big ques­tion is who will be named as Speaker and Deputy Speaker.

DAP had helmed the cov­eted po­si­tion both af­ter the 2008 and 2013 gen­eral elec­tions with Datuk Teng Chang Khim and Hannah Yeoh as­sum­ing the role re­spec­tively.

The Deputy Speaker’s po­si­tion was held by PKR’s Haniza Talha af­ter the 2008 polls and Nik Nazmi Nik Ah­mad also from PKR af­ter the

2013 polls.

Nik Nazmi was sub­se­quently re­placed by PAS’ Mohd Shafie Ngah in 2014 af­ter cur­rent Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali took over from his pre­de­ces­sor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

Azmin told a press con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day that the can­di­dates for both po­si­tions had been se­lected.

How­ever, he de­clined to name them or say which party they are from.

“They are from Pakatan Hara­pan,” said Azmin.

Mean­while, a Pakatan in­sider said the can­di­dates for both po­si­tions were prob­a­bly DAP’s Sek­in­chan assem­bly­man Ng Suee Lim and Paya Jaras PKR assem­bly­man Mohd Khairud­din Oth­man.

Mohd Khairud­din, who de­fected from PAS to join PKR sev­eral weeks be­fore the polls, is a lawyer while Ng is a busi­ness­man.

“We don’t know who will be the Speaker and who will be the deputy,” said the source.

Ng, who is a four-term assem­bly­man, is known for his ora­tory skills while de­bat­ing in the state leg­isla­tive assem­bly ses­sions.

Funny yet fac­tual, Ng’s de­bates al­ways get the rapt at­ten­tion of jour­nal­ists and al­most al­ways put a smile even on the faces of the Op­po­si­tion Barisan Na­sional as­sem­bly­men.

Maybe, maybe not: Ng (right) and Mohd Khairud­din are ru­moured to be can­di­dates for both po­si­tions.

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