Perak BN parties begin jostling for state Speaker’s post

S.K. Devamany

PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional parties have brought up a few names to succeed S.K. Devamany as Speaker of the state assembly, with MIC staking a claim to the position.

However, a final decision will only be made after discussions with BN chairman Najib Razak, according to Zambry Abdul Kadir, the Perak BN leader.

He said no decision had been made yet on who would replace Devamany, who was appointed as a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department last month.

Devamany, who is MIC deputy president, had previously served as a deputy minister from 2004-2008. He has been Speaker of the Perak state assembly since 2013.

The Perak MIC is reported to have staked a claim, with the party’s state chairman, V. Elango, saying he hoped that an MIC candidate would be chosen again.

However, Zambry said the idea was subject to discussion as the Barisan Nasional coalition practised consensus on appointments in the administration.

“MIC and its community will be represented in the administration, just like the other communities, because it is our responsibility to ensure all people are equally represented,” he was quoted as saying.

Zambry said the vacancy will be discussed with Najib soon. “A few names have been brought up by Barisan Nasional component parties for the position so far, but the final decision will only be made after the discussion with Datuk Seri Najib.

“Only then, will we table this at the State Assembly sitting. The names proposed will all be at the discretion of the respective party presidents as well,” he told reporters at his Hari Raya celebration at his official residence at Jalan Raja Dihilir here on Wednesday.