KUCHING: It would be futile for PAS to move a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister as there is no procedure for such a motion to be successfully tabled in the Dewan Rakyat, says a senior Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) lawmaker.
Santubong MP Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said there was no provision in the Federal Constitution, Houses of Parliament (Powers and Privileges) Act or Parliamentary Standing Orders on tabling a motion of confidence or no confidence against the government or Prime Minister.
However, he said an ordinary motion could be tabled by giving notice to the Speaker, which would be classified as a private member's motion and take a back seat to the government's business.
"Under the Standing Orders, the daily functions of the government are to be given priority. The private member's motion would continue to be stuck in the order paper daily but would never get the chance to be tabled and debated.
"Hundreds of such motions have ended up in the records of Parliament without being tabled and debated.
"Under the circumstances, I do not see how the motion could reach the debate stage in the Dewan Rakyat unless it is made by a minister.
"But which minister would want to table the motion, unless it is agreed by the Prime Minister and the Cabinet?
"Then it would become a government motion," Wan Junaidi, a former Dewan Rakyat deputy Speaker, said.
It was reported that PAS will table a vote of confidence in Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s leadership in the Dewan Rakyat next month.
According to party deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, the move was a unanimous decision by the party’s central leadership council.
Tuan Ibrahim said PAS wanted the bickering on whether Dr Mahathir had the confidence of the august House to stop once and for all.
Wan Junaidi also said that even if a motion of confidence was tabled, debated and voted upon, it would serve no purpose.
"There is nothing in the Constitution or Standing Orders to comply with whatever the result (of the motion is)."
He added that it was never intended by the framers of the Constitution or Standing Orders to have a motion of confidence or no confidence in the Dewan Rakyat.
"Thus the result would not end in the government falling, except to show whether the Prime Minister has the support or not of the majority of the House," he said.