Opposition fails in bid to challenge S'gor state assembly's Friday traditional wear rule

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 04 Nov 2020

SHAH ALAM: The Opposition failed in its bid to challenge the Selangor Legislative Assembly's ruling of allowing traditional wear only on Friday.

The private members motion to challenge the decision was mooted by Opposition chief Rizam Ismail (BN - Sungai Air Tawar).

Speaker Ng Suee Lim (pic) conducted an immediate vote on Wednesday (Nov 4) and only 10 out of the 56 elected representatives voted in favour of Rizam's motion.

Ng said the state legislative assembly gave priority to Rizam's motion in the spirit of democracy.

"The assembly saw the importance of the motion and that is why we moved it up before the rest of the proceedings," said Ng.

However, given that Rizam needed the support of one-third of the house, which comes up to 19 assemblymen, the motion was dropped as only ten elected representatives were in support of it.

The Selangor Legislative Assembly has 41 government and 15 Opposition assemblymen.

Meanwhile, Rizam said that the Opposition was disappointed with the outcome.

"We understand that other state assemblies as well as Parliament allows elected representatives to come dressed in traditional wear," said Rizam

He added the Opposition will adhere to the ruling with much regret.

All of them were dressed in traditional wear on Wednesday.

Rizam's party colleague Datuk Mohd Imran Tamrin (BN - Sungai Panjang), who was also at the press conference, said it was truly regretful that other assemblymen, especially the Muslims, did not see the importance of the motion.

On Monday (Nov 2), Rizam, Mohd Imran, Datuk Shamsudin Lias (BN - Sungai Burong), Zakaria Hanafi (BN - Semenyih) and Datuk Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi (PAS -Sijangkang) had attended the assembly dressed in baju Melayu.

They were reminded by Ng that the standing rules only allowed traditional wear on Friday.

In a show of defiance, all of them, except for Dr Ahmad Yunus (who was in a lounge suit) were also dressed in baju Melayu on Tuesday (Nov 3).

Later Tuesday, Ng had told the media that the plan was to provoke him until he initiated action against them.

"Then they will say the DAP speaker punished them for wearing baju Melayu and that Pakatan Harapan in Selangor is being controlled by the DAP," said Ng.

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