Pakatan Proposes to Amend the Royal Address Motion in the House of Representatives


KUALA LUMPUR, July 9: Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will submit a proposal to amend the motion of the Yang Di Pertuan Agong’s royal address due to His Majesty’s urge for all political parties to accept the results of the 13th General Election (GE-13).

Opposition Leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that this is because the Umno-BN and Pakatan coalitions have filed election petitions to challenge the election results for 51 seats.

“The question of the election petitions…was put forward so we reviewed motion’s amendment because it is improper for the decree to be included in the matter of the petition.

“The petition includes both parties, Pakatan and Umno-BN. If we support (the decree), the petition will have no meaning,” he said in a press conference at the Opposition Leader’s Room in Parliament.

Also present was the DAP Parliamentary Leader, Lim Kit Siang and PAS Vice-President, Husam Musa.

In his address during the opening of the first session of the 13th House of Representative, the Yang Di Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah urged all political parties to accept the results of the GE-13.

Pakatan and Umno-BN, respectively filed 34 and 21 petitions.

In the meantime, Anwar, who is also the PKR De Facto Leader, expressed concern over the appointment of former cabinet ministers in government positions.

“This appointment is excessive, including the appointment of Tan Sri Rais Yatim and Datuk Seri Ng Yen Yen. It involves too large a wage.

“We already have a Minister of Tourism or Culture. If you think that they are not qualified, then replace them with someone else. There is no need for a ministry advisor.

“How many millions of ringgit would have to be paid? This will burden the people,” he said.

According to media reports, Yen Yen was appointed as the Chairman of the Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board and Rais was elected as the sixth President of the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM).

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