The role of the Speaker in democracy

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Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has submitted a motion to replace Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohamad Ariff Mohd Yusof and his deputy, Nga Kor Ming. BFM speaks with Prof Wong Chin Huat to understand the importance of the Speaker’s role in our parliamentary democracy.

Produced by Tasha Fusil

Presented by Lee Chwi Lynn

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Hakimi Abdul Jabar
2 Jul 2020 6.57pm

Ariff Yusof & Nga Kor Ming are fearlessly guarding the authority, independence & impartiality of the Dewan Rakyat following long-held Commons tradition & convention, being standards observed by William Lenthall & Arthur Onslow, they are merely following convention & tradition.

‘The chief characteristics attaching to the office of Speaker in the House of Commons’, writes Erskine May, ‘are authority and impartiality.’ Arthur Onslow foreshadowed the modern conception of the Speaker’s role, and set new standards for impartiality and independence.

Bravo!

Hakimi Abdul Jabar
2 Jul 2020 5.34pm

Prof. Charles Fried in his video lectures makes it so clear that nations like Malaysia are constitutional democracies with a parliamentary system.

As the presiding officer of Dewan Rakyat, the Speaker is the key to ensuring that this institution, central to Malaysia’s federal system of government, operates smoothly.

The role of the independent and impartial Speaker of the Commons via tradition and convention crystallized in 1642, when Speaker William Lenthall refused to provide the information Charles I had demanded that he be told the whereabouts of five parliamentarians whom he desired to be surrendered to him.

Thus, the Speaker of Parliament and his fellow Parliamentary officers in Malaysia are imbued with independence and impartialit