Selangor Speaker declares Port Klang seat vacant

By Shannon Teoh, The Malaysian Insider

Selangor legislative assembly Speaker Datuk Teng Chang Khim has declared the Port Klang seat vacant as its representative Badrul Hisham Abdullah has been absent for six months.

He told reporters today that the assemblyman has not attended a sitting of the assembly since July 15, 2010 and, therefore, the seat has been vacant as of January 16, 2010.

Article 69 of the Selangor Constitution states that a member of the legislative assembly who is absent for a period of six months must vacate his or her seat.

Badrul quit PKR in 2009 and turned independent.

However, the Election Commission (EC) will have to determine if a by-election will be held.