KLANG: With only about a week left before the Selangor legislative assembly convenes, the search for a Deputy Speaker is still ongoing with Parti Amanah Negara having asked for the post, said sources.
“PKR will be getting an additional exco seat as the party will be taking the slot vacated by Selangor Bersatu chief Datuk Abdul Rashid Asari.
“So, Amanah has asked that it gets the deputy Speaker position, ’’ said the sources.
The Deputy Speaker’s seat became vacant after incumbent Dr Daroyah Alwi quit PKR early last month. Abdul Rashid meanwhile, had to evacuate the exco position after his party ditched Pakatan to team-up with Umno and PAS.
There are currently eight Amanah assemblymen and two of them are exco members, Pandan Indah’s Izham Hashim and Seri Serdang’s Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud.
The others are Ahmad Mustain Othman (Sabak), Mohd Sany Hamzan (Taman Templer), Saari Sungib (Hulu Kelang), Mazwan Johar (Sungai Ramal), Mohd Fakhrulrazi Mohd Mokhtar (Meru) and Hasnul Baharuddin (Morib).
Morib’s Hasnul Baharudin's name has cropped up as a likely candidate, said the sources.
Besides the exco position vacated by Abdul Rashid, another seat belonging to PKR has also fallen vacant after former PKR women’s wing chief Haniza Talha was expelled by the party.
Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari sad said both positions will be filled soon.
The sources said one of the vacant exco positions is said to go to Sungai Kandis assemblyman Mohd Zawawi Mughni, who will assume the Malay customs and heritage portfolio which was under Rashid before.
"There has been quite a bit of haggling for the other seat and so far two names have been thrown around, ’’ he added.
The sources said Tanjong Sepat assemblyman Borhan Aman Shah and Bukit Melawati assemblyman Juwariya Zulkifli’s names have also cropped up as possible candidates for the vacant exco position.
He also added some of PKR’s Indian members were lobbying that the position go to an Indian to reflect the party’s multiracial element.
Currently the only Indian PKR assemblyman in Selangor is Sentosa assemblyman Gunaraj George.