KUALA LUMPUR – The Chairman of Negeri Sembilan Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim has been elected as the 18th President of Dewan Negara.
Rais replaces Tan Sri SA Vigneswaran whose tenure ended on 22 June by garnering the highest vote at the Senate today.
“Tan Sri Rais Yatim obtained 45 votes, Senator Yusmadi got 19 votes. A total of 64 senators and one was absent. With this, I announce that Rais Yatim is elected as the President of Dewan Negara,” said the Deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Abdul Halim Abd. Samad.
According to the Standing Order of Dewan Negara, members of the upper house of the Parliament shall, upon forming a quorum, elect a new president when the post falls vacant.
If there is more than one name being nominate, a vote shall take place.
After the appointment, the Speaker and four new Senators namely, Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Mohamad (appointed by the Kelantan State Legislative Assembly), Datuk Seri S. Vell Paari (appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong), Ahmad Yahaya and Datuk Wira Othman Aziz (appointed by the Kedah State Legislative Assembly) were scheduled to take their oath.
Rais, who originated from Kuala Klawang, Negeri Sembilan, was the Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan from 1978 until 1982 before holding several important positions in the Federal Government.
He was sworn in as a Senator before Vigneswaran last June.
The Senate consists of 70 Senators. 26 are appointed by the 13 states in the country. Meanwhile, 44 are appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, including two for the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and one for the Federal Territory of Labuan.
The senator will serve for a term of three years and can only be reappointed for two terms in a row. –MalaysiaGazette