The DAP today voiced cautious support for UMNO’s Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said’s candidacy as the next Dewan Rakyat Speaker to succeed Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun.
A petition for recall elections was filed by Azalina to prevent MPs from switching parties midstream, according to its secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
In a statement, Lim said that DAP is willing to discuss further with Azalina if she is serious about replacing Azhar to restore Parliament’s image and credibility.
He said that under Azhar, Parliament had ceased to function as a free and independent institution for checks and balances and had devolved into “a mere department” designed to maintain the executive branch of government in power.
The Bagan MP expressed optimism that the government backbencher would be ready to elaborate on her reform ideas.