PETALING JAYA: Eleven Parti Amanah Negara MPs are racing to meet the deadline to submit their notices to Parliament on their motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister.
Party vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar confirmed that he will submit his notice via email later on Friday (Oct 16).
"I will email my notice to the Dewan Rakyat secretariat later this evening after I get home from Friday prayers. There is still time to do so as the two-week deadline for MPs to submit their notices and questions to Parliament ends today (Oct 16)," he said when contacted on Friday.
The Pokok Sena MP said that all 11 Amanah have been encouraged to submit their notices.
"We had discussed the matter and all Amanah MPs were encouraged to submit their notices. I am not sure how many have submitted but a large portion of us will be doing so," he said.
So far, five former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia MPs, namely Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (Langkawi), Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir (Jerlun), Dr Maszlee Malik (Simpang Rengam) and Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah (Kubang Pasu) and Datuk Shahruddin Md Salleh (Sri Gading) had submitted their notices dated Oct 15 against Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Dr Mahathir, Mukhriz, Maszlee, and Amiruddin were sacked from Bersatu in May while Shahruddin was sacked in July after abruptly resigning as the deputy works minister.
Shahruddin is no longer a Bersatu member.
Under the Parliament's Standing Orders, MPs are required to submit a two-week notice to the Dewan Rakyat of motions they intend to raise in the coming meeting which begins on Nov 2 and ends on Dec 10.
Gua Musang MP Tan Sri Razaleigh Hamzah in a letter to the Dewan Rakyat Speaker dated Sept 25 requested a guarantee that priority would be given to the tabling of a motion of no confidence against the prime minister in the upcoming parliament sitting.
Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun responded to Razaleigh's inquiry, saying that government business takes precedence over Private Members’ Bills in the House.
In May, former Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof allowed Dr Mahathir's motion of no-confidence to be included in Parliament's Order Paper before his removal at the start of Parliament's meeting in July.
However, Dr Mahathir's motion of no-confidence did not see the light of day as it was listed below in the Order Paper with government Bills and matters given priority.