T Mohan, Aknan Ethook take oath as Senator for second term
KUALA LUMPUR,. MIC vice-president Datuk T Mohan and the president of the Malaysian Siamese Association, Aknan Ethook yesterday took their oath as senators for the second term.
They took their oath of office, in force until 2023, before Dewan Negara president Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim.
Aknan, 58, from Tumpat, Kelantan, was appointed senator for the first time on Dec 15, 2017.
He was formerly the secretary at the Oil Palm and Sago Industry Development Division of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, and also former Selangor Buddhist Association chairman.
As for Mohan, 47, who was sworn in as senator for the first time on Nov 16, 2016, he was
MIC Youth chief between 2009 and 2013, and was recently appointed as deputy chairman of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh).
When met by the media, Aknan said he would continue to fight on economic and education issues involving the Siamese community in the country, as well as on efforts to recognise the community as Bumiputera.
”I am also happy that the Malaysian government provides unrecorded leave for Siamese in the civil service to celebrate the Shongkran Festival in the country. It shows the government’s appreciation of the Siamese community,” he said.
For Mohan, he said he would focus on assisting the government in efforts to control the spread of the pandemic, as well as issues on occupational safety and health.
Meanwhile, Rais reminded members of the Senate to understand the aspirations behind their appointment as provided under articles 45 (1) and (2) of the Federal Constitution.
He hoped that they would make full use of their respective professional background to debate something of quality, in line with the position of the Senate as the country’s highest legislative body.