Pushing inclusivity: give deputy speaker post to opposition, says Azalina

Resetting Parliament this way will be ‘fantastic’ for Malaysia’s parliamentary history, says MP

(The Vibes) – After quitting as deputy Dewan Rakyat speaker, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said now wants the position given to the opposition, in a parliamentary reset that will ensure greater political bipartisanship.

The Pengerang MP, who has been an advocate for the recent mantra of inclusivity, said this can be done via a motion moved by the government bench when the Dewan Rakyat reconvenes next month, The Malaysian Insight reported.

It quoted Azalina as saying that her resignation on Monday will provide Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob the opportunity to appoint a non-government MP into the post.

“It’s so obvious (the reset). It should be replaced by an opposition member but the motion must be brought by the government. This is what I mean by multi-partisan politics,” she said at a forum organised by Asli and the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia.

“This is achievable. If they do this and it is supported (by all), it will be fantastic for Malaysia’s parliamentary history.”

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