Bersatu seats: Speaker’s decision aligns with constitutional, legal interpretations — PM

KUALA LUMPUR — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (picture) today said that the Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Johari Abdul has acted in accordance with the constitutional and legal interpretations when deciding that six former Bersatu Members of Parliament (MPs) would retain their seats.

Anwar said that Johari had also thoroughly read and interpreted the relevant laws, and this should be clearly understood by the Bersatu party leadership.

He said this was because Bersatu, during the discussions about the (anti-party hopping) law, had opposed the provision that anyone expelled from their respective party would automatically lose their seats.

“We know because we were in the opposition then, and we wanted to ensure that the provision is included, that whoever expelled would automatically lose their seats. But they opposed it. It is all on record,” he told reporters after attending the Global MADANI Forum 2024 here today.

The two-day forum themed ‘Catalysing The Next Civilisational Revival’ was also attended by Johari, Religious Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Mohd Na’im Mokhtar, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and Human Resources Minister Steven Sim Chee Keong. — BERNAMA