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Mohamad Ariff new Dewan Rakyat Speaker

  • Former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohamad Ariff Yusof took his oath of office as the ninth Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat today. Photo courtesy: Bernama
  • Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad arriving at the Dewan Rakyat. Photo courtesy: Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 (MySinchew) -- Former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohamad Ariff Yusof took his oath of office as the ninth Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat today.

Mohamad Ariff, 69, was the only candidate for the position.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad proposed the nomination of Mohamad Ariff as soon as the Dewan Rakyat sitting began at 10 am.

The nomination was seconded by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Mohamad Ariff, who retired in 2015, is known for his great sense of impartiality especially during the Perak constitutional crisis in 2009 and the controversial open verdict relating to the death of Teoh Beng Hock, a political aide to a DAP assemblyman while being questioned by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission.

He is also well-versed in commercial, banking, securities, arbitration, constitutional and administrative law.

Meanwhile, BN and PAS have agreed that Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will be the opposition leader in Dewan Rakyat.

Ahmad Zahid and several Barisan Nasional MPs walked out in protest over Mohamad Ariff's appointment. The MP for Rembau Khairy Jamaluddin nevertheless remained seated at the hall.

Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the opposition was considering legal action against the government for not adhering to the norms and procedures in appointing the Dewan Rakyat Speaker.

However, Dewan Rakyat Secretary said he had received the nomination of Mohamad Ariff on July 2.

 

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