No-confidence motions against PM should be given priority, says Zahid

KUALA LUMPUR: The motions of no-confidence against the Prime Minister should be given priority in the Dewan Rakyat, says Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic).

"Parliament is the appropriate platform for the nation to be in a stable political situation.

"Whether there is a motion of confidence or not, it (political stability) should be tested in this noble House," he said when debating Budget 2021 in Parliament on Thursday (Nov 19).

Zahid, who is Bagan Datuk MP and Barisan whip, acknowledged that government matters were given priority over the private motions such as a motion of no-confidence.

However, he said that this could be resolved if the government allowed the motion to be given priority.

"Let the government make it (motion of no-confidence) a priority and bring it up in the House," he said.

A total of 25 private motions of no-confidence against Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin were listed in Parliament's Order Paper.

Of the 25,11 were from Parti Amanah Negara, five were from independents who were formerly with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, seven were from Parti Warisan Sabah, and one each from PKR and DAP.

Zahid also said that MPs should reject moves for a nationwide emergency as an earlier attempt by the government was rejected by the King.

Rather, the mandate should be given back to the rakyat to decide, he added.

"The voice of the people is sacred. They had given us the mandate and we should return it to them to decide," he said.

Last month, the Umno supreme council asked the Perikatan Nasional government to call for a general election once the Covid-19 situation eases, aimed at resolving the current political impasse.

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