Appointment of Speaker and Deputy Speaker valid

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun and Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said remained as Dewan Rakyat Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively, after the High Court here ruled their appointments were valid.

This followed the decision of Judge Datuk Ahmad Kamal Md Shahid in allowing the application by Azhar, Azalina and two others to strike out a summons filed against them by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and four others to challenge the legitimacy of their appointment.

Ahmad Kamal said after studying submissions of plaintiff and defendants, he found the appointments of Azhar and Azalina were valid and cannot be questioned by the court.

“The first (Azhar), second (Azalina), third (Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon) and fourth (Dewan Rakyat secretary Nizam Mydin Bacha Mydin) defendants’ originating summons to strike out the application is allowed.

“The court will not set any cost after being satisfied that the issue was of public interest, ” he said.

Ahmad Kamal in his judgment said the pleading and the affidavits evidence showed Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof was removed from his office of Speaker by way of a resolution and motion carried out by the Dewan Rakyat.

“At another stage of the said sitting of the Dewan Rakyat on that day Azhar and Azalina were elected to the office of Speaker and the Deputy Speaker by way of a motion that was brought and passed by Dewan Rakyat, ” he said.

In his 39-page judgment, the judge said the matter has been determined by Parliament on July 13,2020, the court was not allowed to question the validity of the said proceeding in pursuant of Article 63 (1) of the Federal Constitution. — Bernama

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