Azhar, Azalina remain as Speaker, Deputy Speaker of Dewan Rakyat

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The Speaker Dewan of Rakyat, Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun (centre) and the Deputy Speakers of Dewan Rakyat Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon (left) and Datuk Seri Azalina Othman (right) at the Parliament Building in Kuala Lumpur. PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 13 JULY 2020
The Speaker Dewan of Rakyat, Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun (centre) and the Deputy Speakers of Dewan Rakyat Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon (left) and Datuk Seri Azalina Othman (right) at the Parliament Building in Kuala Lumpur.PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 13 JULY 2020

By Kasthuri Jeevendran

KUALA LUMPUR – The High Court has decided that the appointment of Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun and Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said as the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Dewan Rakyat is valid.

High Court Judge, Ahmad Kamal Md Shahid allowed the application of Azhar to strike out former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s legal challenge on their appointment.

While delivering the verdict, Ahmad Kamal said that only the Parliament has the sole power to decide on the appointment.

Besides Tun Mahathir, the MP of Jerlun Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, MP of Simpang Renggam Dr Maszlee Malik, MP of Kubang Pasu Amiruddin Hamzah and the MP of Sri Gading Shahruddin Md Salleh filed the legal challenge on 23 July.

The five plaintiffs also wanted the court to declare that the position of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker are vacant since 13 July as the appointments of Azhar and Azalina were unconstitutional.

Meanwhile, besides Azhar and Azalina, other defendants who objected to the legal challenge were Deputy Speaker Mohd Rashid Hasnon and the Secretary of Dewan Rakyat, Nizam Mydin Bacha Mydin. –MalaysiaGazette

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