DATUK Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s decision to call for a vote of confidence on Dec 19 to cement support from the Dewan Rakyat for his position as prime minister could expose him to risks, say experts.

They believe that it could open up an opportunity for the opposition to use the back channels to rustle up numbers and question his legitimacy as prime minister.

Mujibu Abdul Muis, a Fellow at the Institution of Malay Rulers Chair of Universiti Teknologi Mara, said there was a distinct risk involved in such a move.

“Perikatan Nasional (PN) will see this as an opportunity to prove their case (in having sufficient support).

“The vote of confidence for Anwar could be seen as the best and right opportunity for each party to cancel out each other,” he told the New Straits Times.

On Nov 24, Anwar had said that he would test his “majority support” in the Dewan Rakyat session through a vote of confidence in his first address as the prime minister.

This came after PN chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin questioned Anwar’s legitimacy of having the majority support of the lawmakers, soon after the latter was sworn in as the prime minister.

Muhyiddin also declined to be part of the unity government, despite Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah’s advice for all coalitions to come together.

However, several coalitions have since reiterated their stance to support the vote of confidence motion for the prime minister, including Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Zahid said although some may say that it would be a risky move by the newly-minted prime minister, the motion was “a part of a democratic process that needs to be passed through”.

He added that BN will continue to support the motion as a sign of upholding the decree by the king regarding the formation of a unity government.

However, Pakatan Harapan’s DAP lawmaker, Ramkarpal Singh, had on Saturday said that the motion of confidence was unnecessary, as Anwar now had a majority in excess of 140.

He had said that while the need for a vote of confidence was guided by constitutional convention, which was also the case in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries, it only applies when there is uncertainty in terms of majority support.

“With Muhyiddin’s confirmation that PN will provide a check and balance by being in the opposition, the need for a vote of confidence does not arise,” the Bukit Gelugor MP was quoted as saying.

Universiti Malaya’s political analyst Associate Professor Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi, on the other hand, believed it was unlikely that the opposition would choose that route as any reversal to withdraw their support could be seen as defying the king’s decree.

“They have (already) agreed in the first place to let the king decide.

“If they state otherwise during the parliamentary session, it only shows that they are betraying the institution, which is the king, who had set the mandate.

“They need to remember that the king decided to have an en bloc support rather than having individual support.

“Hence, no questions should be raised on the matter, even though some of them might voice out (their disagreement),” he said.

Echoing Awang Azman, senior fellow at the Nusantara Academy for Strategic Research Dr Azmi Hassan said the motion, if successful, would quell all questions over Anwar not having the majority support of lawmakers.

“It will boost Anwar’s position as the prime minister.

“However, it will negatively impact PN, as they will be in a bind if they do not support Anwar and be perceived as going against the king.”

Original source — https://www.msn.com/en-my/news/national/confidence-motion-a-risky-move/ar-AA14Fhyg?rc=1&ocid=winp1taskbar&cvid=4b2026be3b334ed7e700bd39c4f653dd

— BebasNews

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