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Encyclopedia > Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat

The Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat (Malay: Yang di-Pertua Dewan Rakyat) is the presiding officer of the Dewan Rakyat, the lower house of the Parliament of Malaysia. He is responsible for convening sessions of the Dewan Rakyat, organising debates, and examining the admissibility of petitions, bills and amendments. He determines when a sitting of the House should open and close, and may suspend the sitting for a brief period of time if necessary. He is also in charge of ensuring the Constitution and Standing Orders of the House are given due respect, disciplining members of the House, determining who shall have the floor during a sitting, calling a vote, and checking for a quorum when the House meets. He only participates in a vote when there is a tie. [1] The Speaker also has powers some allege to be excessive, such as imposing limits on the posing of supplementary questions during Question Time — an important procedure for the legislature to examine the government's actions, the power to restrict the tabling of questions for Question Time, and the power to amend written copies' of speeches made by members of the House before they are given verbally. [2] Not to be confused with the Malayalam language, spoken in India. ... The Parliament of Malaysia consists of the lower house (Dewan Rakyat or literally Peoples Hall, in Malay) and upper house (Dewan Negara or Nations Hall in Malay). ... The Parliament of Malaysia consists of the lower house (Dewan Rakyat or literally Peoples Hall, in Malay) and upper house (Dewan Negara or Nations Hall in Malay). ... In law, a quorum is the minimum number of members of a deliberative body necessary to conduct the business of that group. ... Question Time is a section of proceedings in the Parliaments of the United Kingdom and many of its former colonies (such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, where it is called Question Period). ...


The Speaker is elected to a term that lasts for the length of the term of the Dewan Rakyat that elected him. His term ends when the House is dissolved and a general election is called. He is elected when the House meets for the first time after a general election by the members of the House, who are called MPs. Any MP is qualified to be the Speaker of the House, but non-MPs who meet the same qualifications required to be an MP are also eligible for election as Speaker. A candidate for Speaker must be nominated and seconded by at least two MPs other than himself. This nomination process must be conducted at least 14 days before the election of the Speaker. If only one candidate meets these conditions, he is automatically elected Speaker; otherwise, voting by secret ballot is conducted, with the winner decided by a simple majority. The Clerk (Setiausaha) of the House presides over the voting. [1] The Polling by William Hogarth (1755); Before the secret ballot was introduced voter intimidation was commonplace The secret ballot is a process in elections where the choice of the voters is kept confidential. ... A simple majority is the most common requirement in voting for a measure to pass, especially in deliberative bodies and small organizations. ...


In the absence of the Speaker, one of his deputies, who are also elected in a similar manner, will take his place. [1] As of 2006, the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat is Ramli bin Ngah Talib, and his deputies are Lim Si Cheng and Haji Yusof bin Yacob. All of them are from the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition. Barisan Nasional (National Front or BN) is a political coalition in Malaysia. ...


List of Speakers of the Dewan Rakyat

  1. Haji Mohamad Noah bin Omar (September 1, 1959February 29, 1964)
  2. Syed Esa bin Alwee (May 18, 1964November 24, 1964)
  3. Chok Mohamad Yusuf bin Sheikh Abdul Rahman (November 25, 1964March 1, 1974)
  4. Haji Nik Ahmad Kamil Haji Nik Mahmood (November 11, 1974December 20, 1977)
  5. Syed Nasir bin Ismail (January 9, 1978March 16, 1982)
  6. Mohamed Zahir bin Haji Ismail (June 14, 1982October 14, 2004)
  7. Ramli bin Ngah Talib (November 22, 2004 – present) [3]

September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years). ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... February 29 is the 60th day of a leap year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 306 days remaining. ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... May 18 is the 138th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (139th in leap years). ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... November 24 is the 328th day (329th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... November 25 is the 329th (in leap years the 330th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... March 1 is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (61st in leap years). ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... November 11 is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 50 days remaining. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... January 9 is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Link title 1978 (MCMLXXVIII in Roman) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... March 16 is the 75th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (76th in Leap years). ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 14 is the 165th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (166th in leap years), with 200 days remaining. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 14 is the 287th day of the year (288th in Leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... November 22 is the 326th day (327th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

List of Deputy Speakers of the Dewan Rakyat

  1. Syed Esa bin Alwee (November 25, 1964March 19, 1969)
  2. Haji Nik Ahmad Kamil bin Hj Nik Mahmood (March 9, 1971July 13, 1974)
  3. Syed Nasir bin Ismail (November 6, 1974January 8, 1978)
  4. Azahari bin Md Taib (March 21, 1978June 11, 1978)
  5. Mansor bin Othman (October 23, 1978March 28, 1982)
  6. Hee Tien Lai (June 14, 1982July 26, 1983)
  7. Abdul Hamid bin Pawanteh (July 27, 1983July 18, 1986)
  8. D.P. Vijandran (October 8, 1986February 23, 1990)
  9. Mohamed Amin bin Haji Daud (October 8, 1986June 11, 1990)
  10. Ong Tee Keat (June 11, 1990November 10, 1999)
  11. Haji Juhar bin Haji Mahiruddin (December 5, 1990November 10, 1999)
  12. Muhammad bin Abdullah (December 20, 1999March 4, 2004)
  13. Lim Si Cheng (December 20, 1999 – present)
  14. Haji Yusof bin Yacob (May 17, 2004 – present) [4]

November 25 is the 329th (in leap years the 330th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... March 19 is the 78th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (79th in leap years). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... March 9 is the 68th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (69th in Leap years). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... July 13 is the 194th day (195th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 171 days remaining. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... November 6 is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 55 days remaining. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... January 8 is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Link title 1978 (MCMLXXVIII in Roman) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (81st in leap years). ... Link title 1978 (MCMLXXVIII in Roman) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... June 11 is the 162nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (163rd in leap years), with 203 days remaining. ... Link title 1978 (MCMLXXVIII in Roman) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 69 days remaining. ... Link title 1978 (MCMLXXVIII in Roman) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... March 28 is the 87th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (88th in Leap years). ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 14 is the 165th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (166th in leap years), with 200 days remaining. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 26 is the 207th day (208th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 158 days remaining. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 27 is the 208th day (209th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 157 days remaining. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 18 is the 199th day (200th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 166 days remaining. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 8 is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years). ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... October 8 is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years). ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 11 is the 162nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (163rd in leap years), with 203 days remaining. ... This article is about the year. ... June 11 is the 162nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (163rd in leap years), with 203 days remaining. ... This article is about the year. ... November 10 is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 51 days remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... December 5 is the 339th day (340th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... November 10 is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 51 days remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... March 4 is the 63rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (64th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... May 17 is the 137th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (138th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b c "Malaysia". Retrieved Dec. 10, 2005.
  2. ^ "Malaysia". Retrieved Feb. 12, 2006.
  3. ^ "Speaker of The House of Representatives". Retrieved Feb. 12, 2006.
  4. ^ "Deputy Speakers of the House of Representatives". Retrieved Feb. 12, 2006.

 
 

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