Armani is first female Deputy Speaker

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  • Friday, 10 Jul 2009

SABAH senator Datuk Armani Mahiruddin created history yesterday when she was appointed the first female Senate Deputy Speaker.

Dewan Negara Speaker Datuk Wong Foon Meng said the Senate received Armani’s nomination from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Wong said the Senate was proud of Armani’s appointment, which came when Parliament was celebrating its golden jubilee this year.

“Armani’s appointment reflects the Senate’s acknowledgement of the role of women in the country’s development,” he added.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz had held a meeting with her at his office to announce her nomination by the Prime Minister and Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abd Jalil had confirmed her appointment.

“I didn’t expect to have come this far to become a Deputy Speaker. I must thank the Prime Minister and the Senate for having confidence in me,” she added.

She will put her experience as a senator during the past three-and-a-half years to good use and she could also count on the advice of her brother Datuk Juhar Mahiruddin, who was the Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker before he was appointed the Sabah State Assembly speaker.

Armani, 51, was a school teacher for 17 years before joining politics for the last 15 years.

The Libaran Wanita Umno chief had managed several by-elections and state elections in Sabah and Sarawak.

In a statement, Shahrizat said Armani’s appointment was in line with the Government’s efforts to ensure that more decision-making posts be given to women.

The Dewan Negara adjourned sine die yesterday after sitting for four days - nine bills were passed without amendments.

Wong said Najib had informed the House that the current sitting was reduced by two days from six days.

This was because the House business related to the bills had been completed as stipulated under Section 10 (2) of the Dewan Negara Standing Orders.

The bills passed were the National Service Training (Amendment) Bill, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia Bill, Feed Bill, Road Transport Bill, DNA Identification Bill and the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) Bill.

Other bills passed were the Bank Negara Malaysia Bill, Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Amendment) Bill and the Small and Medium Industries Development Corporation Bill.

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