In a statement today, he said the request from Interim Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, does not fulfil Standing Order 11(3) because it was not accompanied by a complete notice for the motion (to be debated).
“Based on the Standing Order 11(3), I, as the Speaker will notify the timing of a sitting. No notice has been issued yet.”
“Moreover, I am of the opinion that a special sitting will be held only after receiving the decree from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in the process of appointing a new Prime Minister,” said Ariff.
The Dewan Rakyat Standing Order 11 (3) states: If, during an adjournment of the House, it is represented to Tuan Yang di-Pertua by the Prime Minister that the public interest requires that the House should meet at an earlier date than that to which the House was adjourned, Tuan Yang di-Pertua shall give notice thereof forthwith and the House shall meet at the time stated in such notice. The business set down for that day shall be appointed by the Prime Minister and notice thereof shall be circulated not later than the time of meeting.