KUALA LUMPUR: Khairy Jamaluddin defended his decision to remain in the Dewan Rakyat after opposition MPs walked out in protest over the new speaker, saying any objections on the appointment should have done when the sitting convenes.
“Perhaps the objections could have been done when the sitting officially begins or during debates or through a standing order.
“For me, it is better for us to respect the event today,” the Rembau MP told reporters, referring to the swearing-in ceremony.
The former youth and sports minister said he did not want to do anything that could tarnish BN’s image.
Earlier, opposition MPs from Barisan Nasional and PAS walked out of the Dewan Rakyat in protest over former Court of Appeal judge Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof’s appointment as the new speaker.
They said they were dissatisfied with the choice of candidate, claiming it did not follow the standing orders.
Apart from Khairy, Kimanis MP and former foreign affairs minister Anifah Aman also stayed put.
When asked if he was afraid of the possible repercussions from his decision, Khairy said:
” I made a decision that is to respect the swearing-in.”
Ariff was sworn in this morning as the new speaker
The motion for his appointment was tabled by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and seconded by Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.