In defeat, Pakatan senators insist only Dewan Negara members should nominate senate head

Opposition senators speak to reporters during a press conference in Parliament September 2, 2020. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
Opposition senators speak to reporters during a press conference in Parliament September 2, 2020. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 2 — Pakatan Harapan (PH) senators have conceded defeat after failing to get its PKR nominee Mohd Yusmadi Mohd Yusoff appointed the new Dewan Negara Yang di-Pertua.

However, the Opposition senators insisted that the process that eventually led Tan Sri Rais Yatim to be sworn in as senate president earlier today was flawed.

“I want to stress that I have nothing against any of the candidates, but the issue I raised is very important as only a member of the Dewan Negara can nominate another member to become its president,” Senator Nga Hock Cheh from DAP told a press conference in Parliament.

Nga had argued earlier against Rais’ nomination by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, pointing out that the latter is a member of the lower House of Parliament and not its upper House.

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