Ex-cabinet minister reveals three MPs proposed motions to Dewan Rakyat speaker


By — MRA(Sabah Senior Correspondent)

SANDAKAN – Batu Sapi member of parliament Liew Vui Keong revealed that motions were sent by three MPs to Dewan Rakyat.

Vui Keong said, the three MPs sending the motions were, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, and himself.

He added, Mahathir filed two motions, first which to maintain Tan Sri Ariff Yusoff as the Dewan Rakyat speaker.

The second motion is to bring a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin as per Standing Order 26(1) along with Standing Order 27(3) stipulated under the provisions of Dewan Rakyat Standing Order.

“However, we are not ascertained with the decision from Tan Sri Speaker, he said in a press statement today.

Shafie filed for a motion under Standing Order 26(1) and 27(3), to bring majority confidence for Mahathir Mohamad.

The former Minister in the PM’s department for Legal Affairs, said “the motion proposed by Semporna MP Shafie Apdal is constitutional and follows the orders described in the Standing Order of Dewan Rakyat.”

He even dismissed the notion that Semporna MP disrespects the decision made by Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (YDPA) earlier to appoint PM Muhyiddin Yassin.

Vui Keong went on further to say that as per the first motion, YB Pagoh has lost the majority, second is YB Langkawi commands a majority, third the 14th Parliament sitting for (1) one day through the notice dated April 17 by the Dewan Rakyat secretary is contravening the Federal Constitution and the fourth will be inappropriate for MPs from Sabah to merely attend one day parliament sitting.

Response from Dewan Rakyat speaker

Meanwhile,  Dewan Rakyat speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof in a statement said, he received two motions on May 4 from Dr Mahathir.

The first was under Standing Order 4 to make a ruling that the Speaker remains until Parliament is dissolved.

The second was under Standing Order 27(3) that Muhyiddin does not command the support of the majority of the House.

“After scrutinising the explanations provided, I have decided that the motion under Standing Order 4 is rejected as it does not fulfill the criteria in the Standing Order.

“However, the motion under Standing Order 27(3) is accepted to be brought to the coming Dewan Rakyat meeting,”

The first was under Standing Order 4 to make a ruling that the Speaker remains until Parliament is dissolved.

In the same statement, Ariff rejected a motion brought by Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, who is also the Semporna lawmaker.

Shafie had filed a motion under Standing Order 27(3) dated May 1 which read that Dr Mahathir had the confidence of the House.

Ariff said Shafie’s motion was rejected as it was not in line with Article 43 of the Federal Constitution.

He also rejected a motion by Liew Vui Keong who filed it under Standing Order 18.

The other proposals were that lawmakers are not bound by the regulations under the movement control order (MCO) as Parliament is responsible for its own affairs; and lastly, a suggestion for Parliament to sit for eight days instead of just one.

To this, Ariff said some of Liew’s proposals had been rejected as they were not urgent.

“However, some have been accepted as they are specific matters which are of public importance and need to be immediately brought to the coming Dewan Rakyat meeting,” Ariff added.