No confidence motion untimely

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

KUCHING: The proposed no confidence motion against Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in the next Dewan Rakyat sitting is untimely.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said it was not a good move to table the no confidence motion in Parliament, adding that those who sought the motion should respect the wishes of the people.

“If they want to table it, it is up to them. Personally, I feel that this might not be a good time.

“When Muhyiddin became prime minister, this pandemic was thrown at him. And it has not been easy for him to manage the Covid-19 pandemic, but he has managed.

“I have to admit that Malaysia has been one of the nations that managed to look after its citizens well. Why create a big problem and call for an election?” he asked.

Abdul Karim told a press conference this after officiating at the launch of Regional Specific Tourist Guide (RSTG) Course here today.

He pointed out that the situation in Malaya differed from that of Sarawak as the tenure for the State Legislative Assembly was approaching its end.

“Parliament’s tenure only ends in 2023. But if there is a vote of no confidence and it gets through, they have to hold an election.

“When there’s an election, you can expect to see what would happen, such as what happened in Sabah.

“In Sarawak, it cannot be helped. We have to go through with the election no matter what. Because our term will end soon,” he explained.

The Dewan Rakyat sitting will take place for 27 days from November 2 to December 15.

A total of 16 MPs, comprising 11 from Amanah and five from Parti Pejuang Tanah Air, have submitted notices to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun, seeking to table the motion of no confidence.