Lately, news of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad will be removed as the premier via a vote of no confidence is taking all over the headlines by storm.
To keep you up to speed on the issue, FeedMe Malaysia have compiled the previous developments into a 10-list. First, let’s understand what a vote of no confidence is:
1. It requires an absolute majority to get PM resigns
A vote of no confidence has never been played out in the 61-year country but it is part of the British parliamentary system that we inherited in 1957.
Article 43(4) of the Constitution states that: “If the Prime Minister ceases to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the House of Representatives, then, unless at his request the Yang di-Pertuan Agong dissolves Parliament, the Prime Minister shall tender the resignation of the Cabinet.”
Constitutional expert Shamrahayu A. Aziz said that the Constitution did not define what it meant by a majority in the House.
“But as a matter of practice and from a previous court decision, the majority means an absolute majority – that is, the majority of all members of the Dewan Rakyat,” she was reported as saying by Straits Times.
112 votes make the absolute majority.
2. Breakdown of Party Seats as of today
The ruling coalition consists of the People’s Justice Party (PKR), Democratic Action Party (DAP) Malaysian United Indigenous Party (PPBM) and National Trust Party (Amanah). Together, Pakatan Harapan rules 125 out of 222 seats in Dewan Rakyat. Here is a detailed breakdown by each party:
People’s Justice Party (PKR): 50
Democratic Action Party (DAP): 42
Malaysian United Indigenous Party (PPBM): 22
National Trust Party (Amanah): 11
Parti Warisan Sabah (WARISAN): 9
United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko): 1
Sarawak Parties Coalition (GPS): 19
Barisan Nasional (BN): 40
Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS): 18
United Sabah Alliance (GBS): 3
Independent MPs: 7
3. PAS claims two parties inside PH are plotting against Dr M
Earlier this week (Feb 18), PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan alleged that “something is brewing” within PH, saying that two parties from the coalition are going to push for a vote of no confidence to oust Dr Mahathir.
“Dr Mahathir had indicated before about a ‘pengkhianatan’ (betrayal), and there may be a vote of no confidence against him.
“We are not new in politics. Our president (Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang) sensed something… that’s why we went to see him (Dr Mahathir),” said Takiyuddin.
“We are political people, so we can sense if something not right might happen within Pakatan. Two parties had been mentioned but I do not want to name them.”
4. PAS claims it is PKR and DAP
Today (Feb 21), PAS MP Datuk Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali demanded two top brass leaders of PKR and DAP to prove that they are not plotting to oust Dr Mahathir.
The Kuala Nerus MP called out Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Guan Eng to prove the absence of such a coup.
“Between then and now I wouldn’t be surprised that a few leaders within PH have more differences with the prime minister. See such issues like ICERD, the UEC and local council elections.
“Before these issues, Dr Mahathir didn’t have much choice but to agree with the controversial appointments in the judicial system as a result from pressure from his PH allies. At the time, the government was newly formed and he needed to gather more support,” Khairuddin was qouted as saying by Malay Mail.
5. PAS to support Dr M in an event of a vote of no confidence
After making the claim, Takiyuddin said the Islamic party will back Dr Mahathir when the two parties decided to betray the premier.
“A draft copy of this letter undertaking was given to him (Dr Mahathir) during that meeting. It states that if anything happens to the PM, we (PAS) undertake to be with him.
“Bear in mind that we are going to sit in Parliament on March 11,” said Takiyuddin on Monday.