Pakatan Harapan was caught off guard and did not have time to submit their choice of a Dewan Rakyat Speaker candidate, said Mohamed Ariff Md Yusof in an interview with the Malaysian Insight.
He said the Perikatan Nasional government had submitted a motion to change the Speaker and the candidate well within the 14-day notice period before the Dewan Rakyat convened on 13 July.
Ariff saw it from a mile away that the PN government had wanted to remove him as Parliament Speaker. The former court of appeal judge said there were clear-cut signs pointing to his removal as Speaker even before the July sitting.
Ariff’s main mission when he took up the Speaker’s job was to ensure the institution was not a rubber stamp of the government. The 71-year-old was glad he could change the public’s perception of Parliament by making it more accessible to the people.