M’sian govt proposes to create third Deputy Speaker post

KUALA LUMPUR (CNA) – The Malaysian government would propose amendments to the Federal Constitution to create a third Deputy Speaker post, said de facto Law Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar yesterday.

The role will be held by the opposition, he added.

Speaking in Parliament as he outlined why the government was seeking to postpone the election for a new Deputy Speaker, he said, “We want to bring a constitutional amendment to this house, to amend Article 57(1)(b) for us to increase the number of Deputy Speakers from two to three.”

He said the Constitution did not state who would hold the deputy speaker posts, as the individuals were elected by Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Lower House.

“So we will make a rule maybe, that one of the three deputy speakers, once it is approved, will be held by the opposition, no matter who forms the government,” Wan Junaidi said.