KUALA LUMPUR: Eleven people from Pakatan Harapan and one from Parti Warisan Sabah have been sworn in as senators at the Dewan Negara.
The Pakatan senators comprised four from PKR, four from DAP, two from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and one from Parti Amanah Negara.
The four from PKR are Ismail Yusop (PKR National Congress permanent chairman), Mohd Yusmadi Mohd Yusoff (former Balik Pulau MP), Monalan Mohamad (Bera PKR chief) and First Admiral (Rtd) Mohamad Imran Abd Hamid (former Lumut MP).
The four from DAP are lawyer Nga Hock Cheh (Perak DAP committee member), Lim Hui Ying (Penang DAP secretary), Alan Ling Sie Kiong (Sarawak DAP secretary) and Adrian Banie Lasimbang (Sabah DAP education director).
The two from Pribumi are Datuk Razali Idris (Terengganu Pribumi chairman) and Md Nasir Hashim (Gelang Patah Pribumi division chief).
The Amanah representative is the party’s central committee member Raj Munni Sabu and the Warisan representative is lawyer Datuk Theodore Douglas Lind.
All of them took their oath of office before Dewan Negara president Tan Sri S.A. Vigneswaran at Parliament House here yesterday.
Amanah vice-president Husam Musa, who is also Kelantan Pakatan chairman, was scheduled to be sworn in as a senator yesterday, but his swearing-in was deferred to a date to be decided later.
Ismail, Nga, Lum and Mohd Yusmadi were proposed by the respective state legislative assemblies while the rest were proposed by the federal government.
Hui Ying, the daughter of DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, said in a statement that she had been a DAP member for close to 20 years since 1999 and served in various capacities within the Penang state committee, including its state secretary and vice-chairman.
“I consider it an honour and a heavy responsibility to serve as a senator representing Penang,” she said.
Her appointment had drawn flak earlier, with Barisan Nasional politicians describing it as nepotism.