Johor assembly now refers Opposition members as ‘Balancers’

THE Johor state legislative assembly (DUN) now uses the term “Pihak Pengimbang” (Balancer) to refer to state Opposition members, in upholding the order from Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar (picture) on March 16.

The matter was informed by Johor speaker Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi before the question-and-answer session at the state assembly sitting at Bangunan Sultan Ismail, Kota Iskandar, today.

“As how it was initiated by Machap assemblyman (Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi) yesterday, we will use the term Balancer, which is more noble, more accurate, more comprehensive and futuristic, to create a more authoritative state legislative assembly.

“Thank you, Tuanku,” he said at the First Meeting of the Second Session of the 15th Johor state assembly.

At the opening ceremony, Sultan Ibrahim brought up that the Opposition representatives in Johor should be called “Pihak Pengimbang” instead of “Pihak Pembangkang” as they play the role of check-and-balance to ensure the government is on the right track.

According to the Ruler, the term Opposition in referring to assemblymen who are not members of the ruling party is inappropriate because their role is not just to oppose all government’s proposals.

Sultan Ibrahim said they need to do checks and balances which is necessary to ensure that the government does not act as it pleases. — Bernama