PM Anwar defends Speaker’s decision to reject Bersatu’s bid to vacate seats of six MPs expelled from party

KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today defended Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Johari Abdul’s decision to retain the seats of six MPs who recently left Bersatu, asserting that the decision aligns with legal principles.

He explained that the constitution should be read completely and not selectively as done by Bersatu’s leadership.

“The constitutional and legal interpretations should be read in their entirety, rather than selectively, as done by the Bersatu leader.

“Firstly, when we were in the opposition, we wanted to ensure that anyone expelled would automatically lose their position. However, Bersatu opposed this at the time, and that is why it was included in the constitutional exemption,” he told reporters after his speech at Global Madani Forum 2024 here today.

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