A margin suffocatingly narrow


Emmanuel Joseph

It will be some time before a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is tabled, should it see the light of day at all, now that the government has appointed its Dewan Rakyat speaker of choice. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, July 15, 2020.

AFTER much political talk, legal hypothesising, academic discussion and open taunting, the first day of the current Parliament sitting came and went, with the government’s ejection of Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof as speaker by a mere two votes being the most significant event.

It must have been a tough sell even among Perikatan Nasional parties – chiefly PAS – to install Azhar Azizan Harun in the post. Their supporters panned him as a “liberal” during his time as a social activist and when he served as Election Commission chairman, having been appointed by the previous Pakatan Harapan administration. The awkwardness on Monday was surely felt across the aisle, where the new speaker has many friends.


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