KUALA LUMPUR – February 13, 2020: Political analysts , who spoke to The Mole today pointed out that PAS’ plan to table a vote of confidence motion for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed will likely be shot down by the Dewan Rakyat Speaker.
Associate professor Dr Azmi Hassan of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia said he believes that the motion will not succeed as it will be highly unlikely that the Dewan Rakyat speaker to even allow it to be tabled.
“I don’t think the speaker will allow this kind of motion because if he does so, it would put the Pakatan Harapan government at a disadvantage,” he said.
“If the motion does go through, it will create an unpleasant situation for Pakatan MPs (members of parliament) as they would have no choice but to come clean on whether they want to support Dr Mahathir or not.
“If they support PAS’s motion, what about Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim?,” he added in reference to the power transition plan between the prime minister and PKR president.
PAS deputy president Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said on Feb 2 that his party will table a vote of confidence in Dr Mahathir’s leadership during the next parliamentary sitting next month.
He said that the party wants Dr Mahathir to complete the current full term as prime minister, and for the bickering on whether he has the confidence of the august House to stop once and for all.
Azmi nonetheless believes that there is more to it than just PAS wanting Dr Mahathir to remain as the prime minister.
“Yes, it is what they (PAS) said, but I see it more as a strategy to create a turmoil in Pakatan Harapan.
“I think PAS’ most important objective is to prove that the opposition has the power to determine who gets to be the prime minister,” said Azmi
Dr Mohd Azizudin Mohd Sani of Universiti Malaya also of the opinion that it would be difficult for PAS to table the motion.
“It must go through the Speaker, which I think is going to be difficult. This move is just to show that they (PAS) support Dr Mahathir and against Anwar as the next prime minister,” he said.
He however disagreed that the move could be a message by PAS that the opposition can decide who becomes the prime minister.