ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Johor government has plans to provide live broadcasts of its State Legislative Assembly proceedings , said its newly appointed Speaker Suhaizan Kayat.
He said the state government was looking into the possibility of broadcasting live, mainly to encourage and provide an opportunity for Johorians to take an interest in the affairs of the state.
However, the medium of broadcasting of the proceedings had yet to be determined, he said at Bangunan Sultan Ismail in Kota Iskandar where he was sworn in as the Speaker.
Suhaizan is Parti Amanah Negara organising secretary.
Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian (right) helping Suhaizan put on his robe after he was sworn in as Speaker
The deputy speaker and 56 assemblymen were also sworn in.
Suhaizan said state assembly proceedings were important as it provided the check and balance to the executive council in Johor.
“By keeping abreast of issues that arise at the assembly, the public will be able to understand and contribute ideas which could bring progress to the state, Suhaizan said.
Meanwhile, at the swearing-in, Penggaram assemblyman Gan Peck Cheng created history being the first woman and non-Malay to be appointed the Deputy Speaker in Johor.
Gan, who is Johor DAP secretary and the Wanita wing vice-chairman, had been the state Opposition leader when Johor was under Barisan rule.
Gan Peck Cheng: " Women can play a pvotal role to contribute towards the community and development in Johor".
The 52-year-old, who was a former kindergarten teacher, said her appointment showed Pakatan Harapan’s strong intention for reform in the state government.
“My appointment will also be an encouragement to all women to pursue their dreams and show that nothing is impossible.
“Women can play a pivotal role to contribute towards the community and development in Johor,” she said.