COMMENT | On July 13, Malaysia made history, though not a good one. A speaker of Parliament who was highly respected by all political persuasions got booted out of Parliament, the move defying all logic and sense.
This sacking will be remembered for many generations to come and become an issue that will be discussed by parliamentarians in various chambers throughout the world, especially those who practice the Westminster parliamentary system. It will be debated as well, in institutions of higher learning and become an important topic involving law and political studies.
That’s because of the stand taken by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his men arguing that with the change of government, they too needed their own speaker to serve their aspiration and direction. So they changed the speaker, a move that was viewed as reprehensible, unethical, offensive, irrational and insulting to the dignity, integrity and the sanctity of our Parliament.
For never in history has a sitting speaker been removed to create a vacancy. It was done so dishonourably simply for "having a new candidate" of their...