IPOH: April 24, 2008
Polio victim Hee Yit Foong is set to blaze an unprecedented trail for disabled persons.
The Jelapang assemblywoman is all set to be sworn in as deputy speaker in the state legislative assembly.
Hee, 45, was stricken with polio when she was 4. She walks with a limp.
She is expected to become the first woman to be elected as deputy speaker in Perak.
Another piece of history will also be made at the assembly when Tronoh assemblyman V. Sivakumar is elected speaker. He will become the first Indian to hold the post in the country.
Sivakumar, 38, and Hee are expected to preside over the swearing-in of 57 assemblymen tomorrow.
This is the first assembly sitting after the formation of the Pakatan Rakyat state government.
In the March 8 general election, DAP won 18 seats, Parti Keadilan Rakyat seven, Pas six and Barisan Nasional (BN) 28.
The nomination of the two DAP representatives is to honour Pakatan Rakyat's promise to provide more representation to Indians and women in the state administration.
Meanwhile, the BN nominated former speaker Datuk Seri Junus Wahid for the speaker's post and the sole BN assemblyman from MCA, Dr Mah Hang Soon, for the deputy speaker's post.
Former menteri besar and Pengkalan Hulu assemblyman Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali will lead the BN's charge as the opposition leader. - Bernama