Have Westminster-style ‘voice vote’ to decide PM’s future

Have Westminster-style ‘voice vote’ to decide PM’s future, says lawyer

A lawyer is hoping a Westminster-style poll is taken when the 220 MPs determine if they have confidence in Muhyiddin Yassin to remain as the prime minister.

Abdul Shukor Ahmad said a “voice vote” was a Westminster tradition under the parliamentary democracy style of governance.

He said that under the poll system, the speaker of the House will ask each and every MP whether they supported the confidence vote.

“It is an aye (yes) if they support or nay (no) if they are against the motion,” he said.

He said the secretary of the House would then tally the votes to determine the outcome.

“The constituents who elect their representatives must know how their MPs voted,” said Shukor.

He was commenting on communications and multimedia minister Saifuddin Abdullah’s announcement yesterday that the vote would be carried out in the Dewan Rakyat on Sept 7.

“The exercise is to determine transparency and accountability in the people’s assembly,” he added.

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Meanwhile, lawyer Muhammad Rafique Rashid Ali said that under the prevailing circumstances, he would expect the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to use the “extraneous circumstances” test to change the government.

The Federal Court had ruled in 2010 that the Perak sultan was right to sack Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin of Pakatan Rakyat and appoint Barisan Nasional’s Zambry Abdul Kadir as the new menteri besar.

The sultan had interviewed all 59 assemblymen and received letters and statutory declarations (SDs) to conclude that Nizar no longer enjoyed the support of the majority to remain in his position.

“The SDs fit the extraneous circumstances,” Rafique said, adding that Muhyiddin had also presented a letter to the King that 31 MPs from Bersatu supported him to be appointed as prime minister last year.

The Muhyiddin-led faction then pulled out from Pakatan Harapan to form Perikatan Nasional with Barisan Nasional, PAS, a PKR splinter faction, Sabah and Sarawak-based parties and individual MPs in the Sheraton Move.

Rafique said the Perak ruling was still law although Muhyiddin had opted to test the confidence vote in the Dewan Rakyat.

“The case, though many people still had reservations, is a precedent until and unless another apex court decision departs from it,” he said.

Recent reports said Muhyiddin had lost the legitimacy to remain in office after 15 Umno MPs withdrew their support for him and his administration.

The MPs had made known their stand either through public statements or SDs, leaving PN with only about 100 MPs in the 222-seat Parliament. FMT

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