PUTRAJAYA: PAS should back the amendments to Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution to honour the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) as a show of support for the Prime Minister, says Datuk Liew Vui Keong.
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said this was a better way to prove their support for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, instead of calling for a “vote of confidence” in the Dewan Rakyat.
“The government bench has 138 MPs and it needs 10 more MPs to get a two-thirds majority (to pass the constitutional amendments).
“Therefore, this is the best way for PAS to show their support for the Prime Minister. By supporting the Bills tabled by the government, it will show that they support Tun Dr Mahathir, ” said Liew at a press conference after giving his annual address at the Legal Affairs Department here on Thursday 9Feb 13).
Liew said the MA63 Bill is tentatively scheduled to be tabled in the upcoming Dewan Rakyat session in March.
The next Bill to be tabled would be to limit the tenure of the prime minister to two terms, said Liew.
“PAS could also throw their support behind this Bill. There is no need to go and table a motion and all that if they want to show support for the Prime Minister, ” said Liew.
On the MA63 Bill, Liew said he is hoping that the amendments can finally be passed, after being rejected the first time when it was tabled last year.
“We have done a lot of consultations over the year to ensure that everybody is happy. We hope that it gets support this time, ” he said.
The MA63 Bill was introduced to ensure that Sabah and Sarawak will be equal partners with Peninsular Malaysia, as part of Pakatan Harapan’s election promise.
The Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019 seeks to substitute Clause (2) of Article 1 to specify all the constituent states of the Federation by restoring, with modification, the position of Clause (2) of Article 1 of the Federal Constitution during the formation of Malaysia in 1963.
The Bill, however, was rejected as it failed to get a two-thirds majority or 148 votes required to amend the constitution.
A total of 59 MPs from opposition parties Barisan Nasional, Gabungan Parti Sarawak and PAS chose to abstain from voting.
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