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Speaker: No-confidence motion against PM has to be filed by a minister

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KUALA LUMPUR: A no-confidence motion against the prime minister would not be expedited unless it is filed by a minister, maintained Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun.

He said the Standing Orders of the lower house of Parliament stressed that unless this approach was taken, it would otherwise go against the law.

Azhar said a Member of Parliament (MP) proposing this had to persuade a minister to move the House to get the motion heard before other government business and this was clearly stated under Standing Order 14(2) of the Dewan Rakyat.

"This may sound peculiar but this is the only way that it can be expedited based on the existing laws." 

"A no-confidence motion will not receive the same treatment as other government motions based on the order that has been determined unless the minister wants to speed it up."

"This is not unique to the laws and the system that we follow. This also applies to Australia," he said.

Currently, all eyes are on the lower house of Parliament on whether a motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin would be tabled.

A total of 16 MPs reportedly filed a no confidence vote motion against the Prime Minister as of Friday.

This includes all five elected representatives from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang), who claimed that Muhyiddin had lost his government majority.

This is Dr Mahathir's second motion after an earlier motion in May did not see the light of day in the Dewan Rakyat.

The Langkawi MP had filed a fresh motion on Friday.

On Oct 14, Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah had released a letter expressing his support for a motion of no-confidence against Muhyiddin.

Another 11 MPs from Parti Amanah Negara had also filed similar motions.

Azhar said a motion under Standing Order 18(1) to discuss a matter defined as of urgent public importance, which could be used to circumvent the order of business of the House, cannot be used in this instance to jump the queue of other proceedings and be debated before government business.

"A motion of no confidence requires voting. SO (Standing Order) 18(1) cannot therefore be used. For the House to just discuss, without voting, the matter of whether there is no confidence against the Government would be a futile political exercise above nothing else.

"To do so would negate any urgency to the issue thereby negating the very purpose of SO 18(1)," he said in a separate statement issued to the media.




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