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Motion on election of deputy speaker tops Dewan Rakyat list

Two names have been mentioned for nomination: Pontian MP Ahmad Maslan and Teluk Intan MP Nga Kor Ming.

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The election of a new deputy speaker will be one of the focuses at today’s Parliament meeting.

The election, to fill the vacancy left by Azalina Othman Said, tops the list of motions in the Dewan Rakyat Order Paper at the fourth session of the 14th Parliament scheduled for 17 days beginning yesterday.

The motion was made following the resignation of the Pengerang MP as a Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker on Aug 23.

Last Sunday, Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Mohd Rashid Hasnon confirmed receiving the names of candidates from the opposition bloc and the government, and that if there was more than one candidate, the matter would be put to a vote.

So far, two names have been mentioned for nomination. They are Pontian MP Ahmad Maslan, the candidate from the government bloc, and Teluk Intan MP Nga Kor Ming, the Pakatan Harapan candidate.

According to the Order Paper, the Dewan Rakyat meeting will begin at 10am with the ministers’ question time followed by the questions for oral answers session before continuing with the motion of thanks and debate on the royal address by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

The question of whether the government will review its policy on the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme is also expected to be a focus during the ministers’ question time.

The meeting of the fourth session of the 14th Parliament is the first under the government led by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

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