Zahid urges motion of confidence for PM

Whether there is a motion of confidence or otherwise, it must be tested in the honourable chamber, says BN chairman

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BARISAN Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (picture) has called for the Perikatan Nasional government to bring forward the motion of confidence for Prime Minister (PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in the Dewan Rakyat.

He said the chamber is an important stage to ensure that the country’s political situation is stable and, therefore, the PM should seek the members’ confidence in his leadership.

“Whether there is a motion of confidence or otherwise, it must be tested in the honourable chamber.

“If it cannot be done due to restrictions in standing orders, something must be done so that the government will prioritise it and bring the motion of confidence into this chamber,” he said in his debate for Budget 2021 yesterday.

The Bagan Datoh MP said there must be honesty in politics whether within political partners or for mutual support.

“Whether it is written or by convention, said or unsaid, the honesty should not be based on what was agreed orally but by its implementation.

“There is no question on who owes whom or who has done a favour for another, but it is based on how this understanding is interpreted,” he said in his speech.

During the beginning of this parliamentary sitting, 24 no-confidence motions were filed against the PM in the Dewan Rakyat.

Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun, however, said none of the motions will be debated as the chamber will focus on government business.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Zahid urged the MPs to reject the federal government’s proposal to declare a nationwide state of emergency as it has been rejected by the King before the current Parliament session convened.

“A proclamation of emergency is not a choice and Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah as well as the Conference of Rulers has rejected it.

“Members of the Dewan Rakyat must reject any attempt from the government to propose an emergency in the country in any form.

“We, however, understand the need for the proclamation of emergency in Batu Sapi, Sabah,” he said.

On Wednesday, an emergency was declared in Batu Sapi, Sabah, and effectively cancelled the upcoming by-election for the parliamentary seat.

Ahmad Zahid added that the political mandate should be returned to Malaysians and their involvement must be a priority.

“This must be made as soon as possible. We must put aside our differences and unite to return the mandate to the people,” he added.

The Palace had decided that there was no need to invoke emergency powers in Malaysia after Muhyiddin and his Cabinet members sought for the King to declare a nationwide emergency last month.

In a statement by the Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin on Oct 25, the Palace believed that the current administration had taken all necessary steps in combating the Covid-19 disease, hence the call for the state of emergency was not needed.