WOLRD’S OLDEST ELECTED LEADER RETURNS TO PARLIAMENT
Malaysian lawmakers took their oath in parliament on Monday, including former premier Najib Razak, who has been charged in the massive corruption scandal that led to his coalition’s electoral defeat, the Associated Press reports. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad made his return to Parliament for the first time in 15 years. The first parliament sitting since the May 9 general election was marred by a mass walkout by opposition MPs, who were protesting against the appointment of the Speaker of parliament, Former Court of Appeal judge Mohamad Ariff Yusof, due to an alleged administrative breach. A. Kathirasen, the executive director of Free Malaysia Today, writes that one way of restoring “the powers and freedom of Parliament as the voice of the people” is to ensure that bills are not rushed through as was done by the previous government.