by S BIRRUNTHA/ pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
NIZAM Mydin Bacha Mydin has been appointed as the new secretary of the Dewan Rakyat, effective yesterday.
In a statement yesterday, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof said Nizam Mydin has replaced Riduan Rahmat, who will be taking up a new post in the Dewan Negara.
“The new appointment is in place of Riduan Rahmat who will take over as the division secretary for the management division of the Dewan Negara.
“On behalf of the government and Parliament of Malaysia, I would like to thank and express my gratitude to Riduan for his service and contribution, while holding the post of the Dewan Rakyat secretary,” Mohamad Ariff said.
Previously, Nizam Mydin served in the public sector as a diplomatic and administrative officer in the Cabinet, as well as in the constitution and government relations division under the Prime Minister’s Department (JPM) from Aug 29, 2005.
Prior to that, he also served as an advocate and solicitor, as well as a Shariah lawyer for three years from 2002.
Nizam Mydin, 45, from Selangor, holds a law degree from Universiti Malaya (UM) and a master’s degree in law from Monash University, Australia.
Currently, he is undergoing his doctorate and focusing on parliamentary affairs at UM’s law faculty.
The last post he was holding prior to this was the deputy division secretary of the constitution and parliamentary affairs section, under the Cabinet’s constitution and government relations division of the JPM.
In response to this new development, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he was shocked by the announcement of the change in the Dewan Rakyat secretary, just five days before Parliament will hear the Royal Order.
He added that this is particularly disappointing because it raises the perception that certain parties have unintended influence on Parliamentary institutions.
“The MPs from Pakatan Harapan, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and Parti Warisan Sabah also note that the prime minister (PM) as the chairman of the Council has ordered the 14th Parliament to be held with only the Royal Order, without full hearing, on the grounds that the Covid-19 outbreak has not subsided.
“This directive is regrettable and quite disappointing, as the Parliament should serve as a vehicle for the people’s voice and the pillar of democracy,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Anwar also pointed out that it is the first time in the history of over six decades of the Malaysian Parliament that a meeting is held without a full meeting.
He added that this action must be seen by the people as the PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s refusal to face the Opposition MPs.
Meanwhile, Selayang MP William Leong Jee Keen also said the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government has failed its first test of legitimacy by shutting out the voices of the people.
“Proposing to adjourn the one-day Parliament sitting on May 18 immediately after the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s delivery of the Royal Address has implied that PN admitted it does not command the confidence of the Dewan Rakyat.
“By not allowing a debate and vote on the Royal Address, PN not only shows a lack of respect for the Dewan Rakyat, but has also shut out the voices of the people at a time when they are needed most,” he said in a statement.
The PKR lawmaker added that this deprives the Dewan Rakyat’s chance to address the people’s concerns on the measures taken during the crisis and their needs to be addressed in the post-Covid-19 recovery phase.