Malaysiakini: New MPs take oath in Parliament
Posted April 28, 2008on:
So did Fuziah Salleh.
Apr 28, 08 1:56pm
Newly elected lawmakers took oath of office in parliament today after March 8 general elections which changed the political landscape.
The election saw unprecedented gains by a resurgent opposition, led by former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, who formed an alliance to challenge Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s Barisan Nasional coalition.
Abdullah’s coalition has ruled Malaysia for more than half a century since the former colony gained independence from Britain but its showing in March was the worst in Barisan Nasional’s history.
The Pakatan Rakyat opposition alliance claimed more than a third of parliamentary seats and five states in the polls, putting Abdullah under heavy pressure with calls from within his party to quit.
Abdullah was the first one to be sworn in parliament, followed by his deputy Najib Razak and other cabinet ministers.
“I, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, being chosen as a member of parliament, vow to honestly fulfil my obligations with all my strength.
“I pledge my true loyalty to Malaysia and vow to preserve, protect and defend the constitution,” Abdullah, who wore a black and gold traditional Malay outfit, said.
King Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin will officially open the first session of the 222-member Parliament on Tuesday.