Standing Orders don't allow for move to oust PM: Malaysia Parliament speaker

Standing Orders don't allow for move to oust PM: Malaysia Parliament speaker
Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.
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KUALA LUMPUR - There is no provision in the Parliament rules that allow an MP to move a motion of no-confidence against the Prime Minister, says Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.

He said it was not possible to do so as it was not defined in the Standing Orders.

"Parliament's Standing Orders comes under Article 62 of the Constitution," he said.

"Therefore, it is Parliament which has the right to make its own procedures.

"There is nothing in the procedure defining it (motion of confidence)," he told reporters after launching the general assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliament Assembly here yesterday.

He chided DAP adviser and Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang for claiming that there was still room to move the motion.

"I am aware that Lim and several others are insinuating this.

"However, our nation's democracy process is something that is not plucked from the air, but is based on the Constitution," he added.

Last Thursday, Lim conceded that there were no specific rules in the Standing Orders to move a no-confidence vote against Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

But, he said "there is room" for such a move as the Speaker had the power to do so.

On the statement by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman who rejected the Opposition's attempts to move a motion of no confidence against Najib, Pandikar Amin said she had no power on this.

"There is no minister who can reject any motion, and this includes the Prime Minister himself. The power rests with the Speaker," he added.

On a separate issue, Pandikar Amin said that PAS MPs who had left to form Parti Amanah Negara were still members of the House.

He said an MP would only be disqualified if he was a bankrupt, insane or had been jailed for not less than a year or fined not less than RM2,000 (S$660). He also said PAS had yet to give notice to table its Private Members' Bill on hudud in the coming Dewan Rakyat meeting, which would be held on Oct 19.

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