Melaka speaker, deputy in bid to strike out PH suit on appointments

Melaka state speaker Ab Rauf Yusoh and deputy speaker Ghazale Muhammad.

PETALING JAYA: Melaka state speaker Ab Rauf Yusoh and his deputy have filed a joint application to strike out the lawsuit filed by their Pakatan Harapan predecessors to challenge their appointments.

Rauf and Ghazale Muhammad contended that any proceedings in the state assembly or the Dewan Rakyat could not be questioned in court, as stipulated under Article 72(1) of the Federal Constitution.

Rauf also said that former speaker Omar Jaafar and former deputy speaker Wong Fort Pin should not have named him and Ghazale in the lawsuit.

“The right parties that should be named in the lawsuit are the state assembly and its secretary who continued the proceedings on that day (May 11).

“Also, the lawsuit against us did not disclose any reasonable cause of action,” he said in the application in which they are also seeking to stay the proceedings pending the disposal of their striking-out application.

Omar and Wong filed the suit in June in a bid to nullify the appointments of Rauf and Ghazale, claiming they were ultra vires the state constitution.

Rauf was reportedly appointed as state speaker following a vote where no opposition members were present.