IPOH, 8 May 2009: Perak state assembly deputy speaker Hee Yit Foong said she has the power to take over the running of the assembly session as specified under Article 36A (1) (b) of the Perak state constitution.
She said her decision to chair the assembly session to appoint Datuk R Ganesan as the new speaker yesterday was not an abuse of power or a power grab from former speaker V Sivakumar.
“No doubt the Speaker (Sivakumar) has the power but as the Deputy Speaker, I can take over when he is not capable of convening the session,” she told a press conference here today.
Hee (Independent-Jelapang) said it was normal to appoint a new speaker when the existing Speaker has lost the confidence of a majority of state assemblypersons.
“The opposition can name a candidate as the new speaker. This is the democratic process in Malaysia.” — Bernama