The 14th Parliament…

18 July 2018



PARLIAMENT | The maiden debate session for the 14th Parliament got off to a farcical start with MPs shouting at each other for about an hour.

Often times, the shouts from the MPs drowned out the deputy speaker Mohd Rashid Hasnon, who failed to maintain control of the sitting.

The din only subsided when Rashid at 1pm ordered an adjournment for lunch.

The brouhaha began shortly after Johari Abdul (Harapan-Sungai Petani) tabled a motion of thanks for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s speech yesterday.

When tabling the motion, Johari urged MPs to take heed of the Agong’s decree that MPs should be on their best behaviour while citing some examples from the past sessions.

Ramkarpal Singh (Harapan-Bukit Gelugor) chimed in by citing an incident in 2009 which saw then Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh mobbed by a group of Umno Youth members.

At one point, Ramkarpal described the Umno Youth members as “samseng” (thugs), prompting howls of protest from the opposition bench and similar accusations from BN MPs.

On numerous occasions, the BN MPs tried to “teach” Rashid how to conduct himself while mostly ignoring orders from the deputy speaker.

Eventually, Rashid was saved by the bell when the clock struck one and called for a recess.


17 July 2018






Don’t run! Agong mocks walkout, leaves House in stitches

Kow Gah Chie  |  Published:

The House was left in stitches when the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V told the lawmakers not to run away before making his opening speech in the new Parliament session today.

“Ladies and gentlemen, please sit down and don’t run,” he said with a broad grin as he looked into the direction of the opposition MPs.

It was an obvious reference to the walkout staged by BN and PAS parliamentarians yesterday, to protest the appointment of Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.



16 July 2018










17m17 minutes ago

Kesian Rembau duduk sorang-sorang. Mana pergi geng pembangkang yang lain? Tak nak angkat sumpah jadi ahli Dewan Rakyat ke? 😅





Najib arrives at Parliament for maiden sitting under Harapan

Geraldine Tong  |  Published:

Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak arrived at the Dewan Rakyat today for the first parliamentary session since the landmark 14th general election (GE14).

The sitting is the first in the nation’s history where BN will occupy the opposition bench after its humiliating defeat in the May 9 election.

Dressed in black, he smiled, waved and wished the crowd “good morning” as he headed into the hall. The crowd comprised the media and parliament staff.

His former right-hand man and newly-minted Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrived shortly after, followed by former Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, both also dressed in black.


15 July 2018


Excerpts from:

Najib up to no good at the opening of Parliament?

Lim Kit Siang  |  Published:

MP SPEAKS | The statement issued by Najib Abdul Razak addressed to the Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran not to blame him if Pakatan Harapan can’t decide on the Parliament speaker is the surest tell-tale sign that the former prime minister is up to no good at the opening of Parliament.

I thank those who had mistakenly congratulated me as the new speaker of Parliament – as I will be a backbencher, and not speaker.

But there is no problem with the Pakatan Harapan deciding on the Parliament speaker, as the primary challenge of the 14th Parliament is to take the steps to become a world-class Parliament, recognised by others around the world for its parliamentary reform and innovation, and not one infamous for global kleptocracy.

I have no doubt that with the new speaker, Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, the 14th Parliament can fulfil its promise and potential to be a world-class Parliament for reform and innovation.

Under Ariff, Malaysians will have a Parliament they can feel proud of – one that understands the ‘Malaysian dream’ for all Malaysians, and not one which is like the traditional three monkeys with eyes that see not, ears that hear not and mouth that speaks not.

Najib probably thought that the opening of Parliament is the first and best time after the ignominious Umno-BN GE14 defeat for him to demonstrate that although he had been ousted as the prime minister, he is still the primary political force to be reckoned with by the ruling coalition.

What is actually the most significant in these two months after the historic and watershed May 9 polls is that neither Najib nor the Umno leadership is prepared to show contrition for the two toxic legacies of his – firstly, turning Malaysia into a global kleptocracy as a result or the monstrous 1MDB money-laundering scandal, and secondly, unleashing the most toxic, vicious and divisive politics of race, religion, hate, fear and lies in Malaysian history and now trying to revive such toxic and divisive politics.

Are there any Umno MPs who is prepared to break ranks in the 14th Parliament and apologise for these two toxic Najib legacies?

Will the MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong do it? Will the new MIC president direct the two MIC MPs to do it?

Malaysians will know soon enough.

LIM KIT SIANG is the MP for Iskandar Puteri.

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.

2h2 hours ago


July 15, 2018

GEORGE TOWN: Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa has called for the Dewan Rakyat sitting to be postponed until due process is followed in the appointment of a speaker.

He questioned whether the government had followed procedures and submitted the name of its nominee in time.

A former judge, Mohamad Ariff Yusof, is to be proposed by Pakatan Harapan. His name was confirmed today by Pakatan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Under Dewan Rakyat rules, the name of a nominee and his acceptance of nomination must be submitted to the House at least 14 days before the Dewan Rakyat’s first sitting. The Speaker is elected by MPs in a secret ballot.

The government has said it sent the name of the nominee to the House on July 2. However, Annuar, who is MP for Ketereh, asked if the nomination letter had been backdated. “Is there some silap mata (sleight of hand) in this?”

“Eight years ago, when we wanted to nominate Pandikar Amin Mulia as speaker, the secretary of the House flew to Kota Kinabalu to affirm his letter of undertaking,” Annuar said.




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