By P PREMKUMAR& DASHVEENJIT KAUR / Pic By HUSSEIN SHAHARUDDIN
The 13th Dewan Rakyat sitting formally ended yesterday, paving way for the dissolution announcement anticipated today for the 14th General Election (GE14).
The august house ended its proceedings at 1pm yesterday, with a motion from the Finance Ministry as the last business of the day.
In his closing speech of the session, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia advised law-makers to prioritise ethics over political interests and prepare for any disappointments, in case.
He said all candidates in the upcoming election should campaign ethically and champion the people’s plights, while the existing lawmakers should use their experiences, ideas and contributions in the Dewan Rakyat as a medium of check and balance.
“I hope the candidates who win in the GE14 will prioritise ethics as the people’s representatives above their political interests. In reality, in every selection there will be disappointments.
“All those here who are not selected by your respective parties, don’t be disappointed because this is flavours of politics,” Pandikar said.
“It is the same with me as well. I, too, have prepared myself to face disappointment if I am not nominated again after the GE14. This is because, who knows, the ones who win are those from my left (pointing to the Opposition seating position) who may move to my right side,” he added.
One representative from the government and Opposition pact were then invited to deliver farewell speeches.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi extended the government’s gratitude to all stakeholders in Parliament including Pandikar, Deputy Speakers Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee and Datuk Seri Ismail Mohamed Said, as well as the Opposition lawmakers.
Ahmad Zahid said although both the ruling party and Opposition have differences in opinions in the house, they would all remain as friends outside.
“Although we would meet at the battle ground (during the elections), I believe that we would remain friends despite our differing political ideologies,” he said.
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said all Malaysians hope for the country to be reformed for everyone’s benefit.
She said all elected representatives must remember that while championing the interests of the people, they would bring new hope after the coming elections.