KUALA LUMPUR – Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Azhar Azizan Harun has amended the result of a bloc vote on July 20 on the motion to extend the effective period of Subsection 4(5) of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

He said with the amendment, 104 MPs agreed compared to 105 earlier, 33 were absent compared to 32 and the dissenting vote remained at 83.

However, the move did not affect the voting results for the motion.

He said, the decision was made based on Standing Order 100, which states that all matters that are not expressly required in the regulations and all matters related to the implementation of the regulations on one thing only, must be arranged in a manner that does not conflict with the regulations, as ordered by the speaker from time to time.

Previously, the issue of Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman – who was suspended for two days, on July 20 and 21 – was raised by Teo Nie Ching (Kulai-PH) following the Hansard on July 20 which recorded that Tajuddin was still in the House and was involved in the voting of the motion.

“Actually, I chaired the meeting (during the bloc vote) but I was not informed about the suspension (by deputy speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon) and I did not know about the suspension,” Azhar said here today.

“…if I had known about this matter, of course I would not have allowed Yang Berhormat Pasir Salak to vote on the home minister’s proposal.”

source – Bernama

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