Azalina plans to submit motion to table Recall Act

by ASILA JALIL / pic by BERNAMA

FORMER deputy Dewan Rakyat speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (picture) is planning to submit a notice of motion to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun to table Recall Act.

In a statement yesterday, she said the notice will be delivered to Azhar under Standing Order 49(1) as Private Members Bill.

“The proposed bill will be named Recall Bill 2021 and I hope the motion will be a starting point for the introduction of ‘Recall Election’ in the upcoming Parliament session in September,” she said.

Azalina said she is pleased with the discussions held between Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s government with the Opposition bloc and independent parties to introduce anti party hopping laws.

“However, I would like to suggest the best approach to prevent party hopping is to introduce Recall Act where voters can withdraw the mandate given to elected representatives who have turned their backs on the people.

“Therefore, the right to choose a new elected representative or maintain one is given back to the voters,” she said.

Besides the proposed motion, Azalina also intends to form a Parliamentary Reformation and Multi-Party Democracy caucus among interested MPs to strengthen the parliamentary institution and uphold the democracy in the country.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank and show my appreciation towards the original research done by Bersih 2.0 which succeeded in providing insights to the public on the mechanism to dismiss an elected representative,” she added.

The Pengerang MP raised her concerns towards elected representatives that do not only turn their backs on political parties that enabled their nomination but also on the grassroots who have put in efforts to gain votes.

She noted that the act also affects the public who have cast their votes to the elected representatives and trust them as well as the manifesto that was promised during the election.

Azalina said leaders from her generation should accept competition between political parties as a positive situation and one that benefits the public.

“If the competition is based on rules of the game and is not triggered by a detrimental political party, political competition should be embraced instead of eliminated, fuelled by hatred or chaos.

“Political leaders of my generation and those of younger generation must dare to conspire in making politics a professional career option, one that is respected and not reviled,” she said.

She added that the public’s perception towards political members today is “embarrassing” which is upsetting for her.

Azalina resigned from her position as the deputy speaker last month after a new government was formed under Ismail Sabri’s leadership.

She cited a few reasons for her departure which included conflict of roles and responsibilities given her position as an Umno supreme council member and an MP in a ruling coalition.