Former Sabah Umno secretary expected to be new Malaysia’s Sabah state assembly speaker: Source

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state. Photo: Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

KOTA KINABALU, Oct 7, 2020, The Star. Former Sabah Umno secretary Datuk Kadzim M Yahya is expected to be sworn in as the new Sabah state assembly Speaker, The Star reported.

The 62-year-old will replace former speaker Datuk Syed Abas Syed Ali, whose term ended on Sept 7.

According to government sources, Kadzim will be sworn in by Yang DiPertua Negeri Sabah Tun Juhar Mahiruddin on Thursday (Oct 8).

Kadzim has been the executive secretary for Sabah Umno since Umno spread its wings to Sabah in 1991 and had also served as a Senator for two three-year terms at the Dewan Negara from 2011.

A lawyer by training, the new Speaker had also served as chairman of the Sabah Ports Authority for five years until 2018.

According to Sabah state assembly officials, the 73 newly elected assemblymen were scheduled to take their oaths before the Speaker on Friday (Oct 9).

They have been required to get tested for Covid-19 before the swearing-in ceremony at the Sabah Legislative Assembly.

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