KUALA LUMPUR — July 16, 2018: Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md. Yusof, the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat who was appointed today, said he resigned from all positions in Parti Amanah Negara but remains as a member.
He was the chairman of the Amanah disciplinary board and a member of its advisory council of experts.
“I resigned from all posts in Amanah because the speaker has to be impartial. I stepped down from the posts before July 1, perhaps on June 28 or 26 or even earlier,” he said at the Parliament lobby.
Amanah secretary-general Mohd. Anuar Tahir had said Ariff had resigned from the posts by July 1 but retains his party membership.
“We received his letter of resignation and approved it the same day. So he is now an ordinary member, which is well within his rights as a citizen,” said Anuar.
Statements from Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and the PM’s Office however mentioned about the factor of non-partisanship in Ariff’s appointment despite his political affiliation.
“We will wait and see. These are the things we have to discuss. I cannot simply decide on my own. We will discuss and see how to improve parliamentary procedure, parliamentary performance. It is our goal to have a better Parliament. We will achieve it because that’s the vision.” — Bernama