Speaker rules against special Parliament sitting as announced by Mahathir

Tan Sri Mohd Ariff Yusof

Written by TheMole

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 2020: The request for a special Parliament sitting, scheduled on March 2 to determine who will be the prime minister has been rejected.

Parliament speaker Tan Sri Mohd Ariff Yusof said it was rejected because the letter sent to him requesting the sitting from interim Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad does not comply with the laws.

He said the letter does not conform to Parliament’s Standing Order 11(3) as it was not followed by a complete “Motion Notification”.

He said that according to the Standing Order, the notice and date of the meeting had to be issued by him as the Speaker and that no notice had been issued as yet.

“Besides that, I believe that the need to have a special sitting will only be done after a royal decree by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in regards to the process of the appointment of the prime minister,” he said in a statement today.

Standing Order 11(3) allows for a sitting to be held earlier than the actual scheduled Dewan Rakyat meeting, adding that a one-day notice to the Dewan Rakyat is also sufficient.

Interim Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday that a special Dewan Rakyat sitting would be convened on March 2 to determine who will be the next prime minister.

He claimed that it was the conclusion of his meeting with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the Istana Negara.

He added that if the Dewan Rakyat failed to determine who should be prime minister, a snap election would be called.



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