Umno to seek removal of Selangor Speaker

Selangor State Assembly Speaker Ng Suee Lim. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Umno will table a motion for the removal of Ng Suee Lim as Speaker of the Selangor state assembly over the adjournment of a recent sitting before Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari could table a controversial bill on unilateral conversion.

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi alleged that Ng, in adjourning the sitting, had failed to recognise that the Selangor Sultan was the head of Islamic affairs in the state.

“The sitting was adjourned after two days. Why? Because there was a bill that was to be tabled by the Menteri Besar. Isn’t that rude?” he said when officiating the Kelana Jaya Umno delegates meeting here this afternoon.

The sitting was supposed to be from July 29 to Aug 9 but was adjourned on July 30 after only two days.

Zahid said he has tasked Rizam Ismail, the state’s opposition leader, to push for Ng’s sacking.

Ng had previously denied he had adjourned the state assembly sitting earlier than scheduled due to his dissatisfaction over the proposed bill that will allow unilateral conversion of minors to Islam.

Ng, the Sekinchan assemblyman, said that the bill was never on the order paper to begin with.

On a separate matter, Zahid said that Umno will conduct a study on its strength in Kimanis, Sabah, on the possibility of a by-election being called.

On Friday, the Election Court nullified Anifah Aman’s election as MP for Kimanis in 2018 on a Barisan Nasional ticket. He won the seat by 156 votes, obtaining 11,942 votes against 11,786 garnered by Warisan candidate Karim Bujang.

Anifah left Umno in September last year.

Zahid said even though BN won with a majority of less than 200, it was still a win.

“Umno and BN will decide on whether or not to field a candidate once we have analysed the data and will announce it in due time,” he said at a press conference later.

Sabah Umno had earlier today said they have identified three potential candidates if a by-election is called for.