Shahidan seeks his replacement for select panel

PETALING JAYA: Arau MP Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim has proposed that he be replaced as a member of the Parliamentary Special Select Committee for Women and Children’s affairs.

The Umno lawmaker said his name was not supposed to be included in the committee in the first place.

“I was not supposed to be part of this committee. I am already part of two other select committees and this will be the third committee, it is too many.

“I want to focus on the Special Select Committee on Defence and Home Affairs. I want to focus

on security issues, ” he told The Star.He said another MP was proposed for the Women and Children’s Affairs committee but due to technical reasons, the name was not included.

“So I had to attend the meeting for this Special Select Committee (on Jan 13) because I am the chairman of the Perikatan Nasional Backbenchers Club. I had to represent it and attend the meeting.

“I personally did not include my name in this committee. I am just standing in on behalf of the replacement, ” he said.

Shahidan said he had notified Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and the Dewan Rakyat Secretary on the issue.

Sources told The Star that Umno Parit MP Datuk Nizar Zakaria was among the names suggested to replace Shahidan.

The Parliamentary Special Select Committee for Women and Children’s Affairs will be headed by Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.

Earlier, online portals reported that Shahidan’s appointment was criticised by some who noted that he was previously charged in court with molesting a girl.

However, the girl later retracted her report. Shahidan was then given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal.

Azalina, who is also the Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker, will chair the committee together with other lawmakers from both sides of the divide.

“The Special Select Committee for Women and Children’s Affairs had met online yesterday (Wednesday).

“I would like to thank all the committee members who elected me as the chairman, ” Azalina tweeted yesterday.

Azalina, who is Pengerang MP, had served as the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of law.

Other members in the committee include Rubiah Wang (GPS-Kota Samarahan), Che Alias Hamid (PAS-Kemaman), Dr Nik Muhammad Zawawi Haji Salleh (PAS-Pasir Puteh), Fuziah Salleh (PH-Kuantan) and Alice Lau (PH-Lanang).

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