Zahid: Make motion of confidence a priority


MOTIONS on the Prime Minister’s level of support should be given priority in the Dewan Rakyat, says Barisan Nasional president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The Bagan Datuk MP and Barisan whip noted that Parliament was the appropriate platform to determine political stability in the country.

“Whether there is a motion of confidence or otherwise, it should be tested in the august House, ” he said when debating Budget 2021 yesterday.

Zahid acknowledged that government matters were given priority over a Private Member’s Motion, including confidence motions.

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

“Let the government make it (motion of confidence) a priority and bring it up in the House, ” he added.

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

Of these 25 motions, 11 were from Parti Amanah Negara, five from independents who were formerly with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, seven from Parti Warisan Sabah and one each from PKR and DAP.However, there were also two motions of confidence for Muhyiddin, one each from an Umno and PAS lawmaker.

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

Rather, Zahid said, that the mandate should be given back to the rakyat to decide.

“The voice of the people is sacred. They have given us the mandate and we should return the mandate to them, ” he said.

Last month, the Umno Supreme Council called on the Perikatan Nasional government to call for a general election once the Covid-19 situation eases to resolve the current political impasses.

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