KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah has described PAS’ plan to table a motion of confidence on the Prime Minister as a “futile move” as the latter already has majority support among MPs.
“It’s unnecessary and a futile move given the fact that we (Pakatan Harapan and Parti Warisan Sabah) have more than a simple majority in Parliament, ” Warisan permanent chairman Datuk VK Liew said when contacted yesterday.
He said the fact that the Pakatan plus Warisan Federal Government comprised 139 of the 222 MPs spoke volumes of the support and confidence Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad commanded as Prime Minister.
On whether he expected PAS to be able to table the motion in Parliament, Liew, who is the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, replied: “A motion by any MP is at the mercy of the Speaker who will decide based on the Standing Orders of the House.”
Instead, Liew said the focus should be on developing the national economy and shared prosperity for all.
Meanwhile, Sabah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy chairman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said PAS would only table the motion of confidence on the Prime Minister if it was sure of getting majority support.
“Reading their many statements of support for Dr Mahathir to continue as Prime Minister for the full term, I can only conclude that they won’t table the vote of confidence unless they are absolutely sure of getting the numbers, ” he said.
He said the statements by PAS to table the motion was a “subtle message being delivered through insinuations”.
“I always remind myself of the Malay social and political culture and etiquette, with important statements delivered via metaphors and innuendos.
“We have to interpret them intelligently, ” said Masidi, who is the Karanaan assemblyman and former state minister.
Sabah Bersatu is part of the state Pakatan Harapan and Upko coalition government led by Warisan, which is Pakatan friendly.
Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president and Kota Marudu MP Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili said the party was “neutral” in its stand on the matter.