Ahmad Maslan’s bid for deputy speaker

Mustafa K. Anuar

If Ahmad Maslan’s suggestion is accepted, the net result is that taxpayers would have to foot the bill for three deputy speakers without them really knowing how effective this proposed arrangement is in the interest of parliamentary democracy. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 12, 2021.

IT is understandable that the curious suggestion made by Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan about creating additional posts of deputy Dewan Rakyat speaker drew hilarious as well as angry responses from concerned Malaysians recently.

The Pontian MP, who is vying for a deputy speaker’s post himself, reportedly proposed that two additional positions be created to accommodate the opposition from the peninsula (namely, DAP) and a representative of Sabah or Sarawak. This is part of his so-called 20-point manifesto for parliamentary reforms. 

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