Yoursay: 'Vote of confidence' for PM a waste of time

Yoursay: 'Vote of confidence' for PM a waste of time

15.2.2020

Yoursay: 'Vote of confidence' for PM a waste of time

YOURSAY | 'It is absurd for opposition parties to move a vote of confidence for a PM with existing majority support.'

- YOURSAY | ‘It is absurd for opposition parties to move a vote of confidence for a PM with existing majority support.’ Umno yet to decide stand on PAS' 'vote of confidence' for Mahathir Apa Harapan: The fact that Dr Mahathir Mohamad is prime minister means he already garners confidence of more than half of Parliament’s representatives. As the opposition parties, PAS and Umno have every right to move a motion of no confidence against the prime minister. However, it is absurd and childish politicking for opposition parties to move a vote of confidence for a prime minister who already has the existing support of his own party and coalition that make up the majority of the House. The Parliament is the supreme body for debate and passing laws. Instead, it is being turned into a circus by PAS with the support of Umno. As a sensible opposition, PAS and Umno should be debating about the economy, education, health, welfare and other matters of importance for the nation. They should focus on what they have been elected to do. Instead, they are wasting time talking about a motion of confidence. The motion should be shot down by the House speaker for what it is - a childish prank. Gerard Lourdesamy: It is contrary to parliamentary practice and convention for the opposition to move a motion of confidence in the sitting prime minister. If the motion is allowed to be tabled and it is carried, it effectively means the end of the opposition. Later on, they cannot be seen to be opposing the prime minister when the Pakatan Harapan government tables bills and motions in the House because he is the head of the Harapan government. In practical terms, the opposition will be regarded as pro-Harapan while remaining out of the government. Is this what Umno and PAS want? How can both parties then convince their respective Malay voter bases that they are anti-Harapan because the latter is allegedly dominated by non-Malays/Muslims and is anti-Malay and anti-Islam, while at the same time being supportive of Harapan’s prime minister in the Parliament? Based on convention and well-established parliamentary practice, the Dewan Rakyat speaker should reject the proposed motion on the grounds that it is not specific, not urgent and not in the public interest because the Harapan coalition has a clear majority of seats in the Dewan Rakyat. At present, there is no credible evidence that the current prime minister and the Harapan government have lost the confidence of the majority in the House. In addition, unlike in the UK House of Commons’ Standing Orders, there are no specific provisions in our Dewan Rakyat Standing Orders to give priority to such a motion over government business in the Parliament. If Mahathir already commands the confidence of the majority of the House based on the 139 members of parliament who are part of the ruling coalition and its allies, such a motion of confidence is not only superfluous but also suggests improper motives on the part of the opposition. Anonymous Bdd98e3f: The people in the states which PAS rules are generally poor. PAS should focus on developing the two states under its care and help improve the lives of the people there. Instead, it is placing more importance on politicking and coming up with hare-brained schemes like a vote of confidence for the sitting prime minister, who is from their opponents’ coalition and already enjoys majority support from the members of parliament. PAS should instead be asking the rakyat whether they have confidence in the Islamic-based party. Please stop the" wayang kulit ". Milshah: Mahathir has plenty of Malay supporters, and it was these groups of voters that played a pivotal role in tipping the balance in favour of the Harapan coalition during the last general election. PAS’ decision to hold a confidence vote is nothing more than to send a message to these Malay voters that they are fully backing Mahathir despite being on the opposite side. Regardless of the House speaker’s decision to allow or disallow the motion, PAS’ main goal is to be seen to be supporting the prime minister. Currently, Mahathir’s Bersatu is seen as a huge disappointment by the non-Malays because of its recent moves and decisions which are seen to be Malay-centric. However, if Mahathir and Bersatu are to lose the support of their fellow Harapan coalition members for whatever reasons, they have the option of forming Pakatan Nasional with Malay-based opposition parties PAS and Umno. The members of Pakatan Nasional can be expected to get on well with one another as the Malay-based parties basically share the same view and struggle anyway. Justice: Yes, PAS’ intention to table the confidence vote purportedly to support Mahathir to serve a full term is clearly a political strategy and a psychological war to weaken the Harapan government. By having the prime minister serve a full term, it will betray Harapan’s pre-election promise of Mahathir handing over the position to PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim. This will portray Harapan as a coalition of parties which is untrustworthy and not united. Mahathir leaving at the end of a full-term will also be beneficial to the opposition parties and this will leave his successor with very little time to unite the different parties in the ruling coalition and prepare Harapan for the next general election. Anonymous162538262: The issue is not so much a confidence vote in Mahathir as PM, but a confidence vote in Mahathir to serve a full five-year term . That, as mentioned before, is a complete reversal of a promise made by Harapan in GE14 – that Mahathir is to serve as an interim PM and Anwar to take over within a couple of years. Guglu: Indeed, PAS is simply being mischievous. It wants to rattle Harapan and make Anwar nervous regarding the transition of power. And Mahathir is joining the game by making vague statements which creates anxiety in Anwar’s camp. Umno should remain aloof and respectable by not joining this game. The party should be serious in serving the rakyat and focus on preparations to return to power in the next general election. Thick Skin: When we are threatened by racial and religious disunity, perceived threats from terrorists groups that have long been vanquished, diseases that are affecting our way of life, poor future for our students stuck with an archaic education system, our constant uncalled for criticism of powerful nations, we have this Islamic party who - being totally clueless of nation-building - wants to pass a vote of confidence in the prime minister who already enjoys the confidence of the majority. The above is a selection of comments posted by Malaysiakini subscribers. Only paying subscribers can post comments. In the past one year, Malaysiakinians have posted over 100,000 comments. Join the Malaysiakini Read more: malaysiakini.com

vote to save cronies 🤣 Its a good political whipping.... Normally it's a vote of no confidence upon a leader. This one is a bit extraordinary or unusual. 🤔🙂 So say 8 comments posted by Malaysiakini subscribers. Only paying subscribers can post comments....and no sane Malays would pay to subscribe to Malaysiakini...

Vote of confindence must come from the people, not the MP’s Not a waste of time .. but to buy more time. His time is up come May, it's 2 years Not a waste of time .. but to buy more time. His time is up come May, it's 2 years Baru pelabur yakin pada Malaysia jika ada PM yg kuat.. Vote of no confidence PAS itself is a waste of time, and shows in their focus. While the state they govern fall further behind, they seemed to have misplaced priorities, which doesn't include the people

PM confidence vote based on Hadi’s personal agenda - PKR manMove is to thwart Anwar’s rise and distract from PAS' failures in T'ganu and Kelantan, says party state chief. Pembangkang kata “PH tak tunaikan janji manifesto” namun mereka ingin membantunya memungkiri satu lagi janji yang tersebut, iaitu DSAI jadi Pm ke 8. Tlg explain kawan-kawan PAS. Panic

'Vote of confidence in PM to stop politicking in government'MARANG: The motion on a vote of confidence to be tabled by Pas at the next parliamentary session is to mitigate government politicking and allow Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed to focus on the economy and people’s well-being.

Futile for PAS to move vote of confidence in PM, no procedure for such motion, says GPS lawmakerKUCHING: It would be futile for PAS to move a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister as there is no procedure for such a motion to be successfully tabled in the Dewan Rakyat, says a senior Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) lawmaker.

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