“Anwar has yet to amass the required number of Statutory Declarations and is now trying to impress upon Members of Parliament that he has majority support, hoping to convince those who have yet to pledge support for him to do so”
Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
انور سكالي لاڬي ڬاڬل كومڤول اكوان برسومڤه ماجوريتي
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s proposal that a confidence vote against the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government be tabled in Parliament is pure theatrics, meant to deliver the impression that he has the numbers and is ready to throw the government out.
Anwar, who agreed with key Pakatan Harapan leaders to defeat Budget 2021 on the 26thof November 2020, did an about turn and stopped many opposition Members of Parliament from doing so at the eleventh hour by signalling against a bloc vote.
The move resulted in the bloc vote being called off and Budget 2021 being approved at policy stage. Anwar later gave the excuse that the move was tactical to give the government a chance to amend parts of the Supply Bill before a final vote is cast following a third reading of the bill.
However, the real reason Anwar refused to allow bloc voting was his failure to amass enough Statutory Declarations by Members of Parliament, declaring their support for his premiership bid.
Anwar’s fear was should bloc voting successfully remove the Perikatan Nasional coalition from power, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad may end up becoming Prime Minister with the support of UMNO’s Team B, the DAP, AMANAH, Sabah, Sarawak, GPS and some PPBM Members of Parliament.
Anwar has yet to amass the required number of Statutory Declarations and is now trying to impress upon Members of Parliament that he has majority support, hoping to convince those who have yet to pledge support for him to do so.
This is why he is seeking a confidence motion, which makes no sense whatsoever. Logically, if he has numbers and is convinced that Perikatan Nasional will lose a motion of no confidence, why call for a motion of confidence?
Why not wait for the final vote on Budget 2021, which is but a couple of days away, to oust Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin by rejecting the budget?
Does Anwar not know that the rejection of Budget 2021 is equivalent to a vote of no confidence against the Perikatan Nasional led government?
After all, if Anwar is willing to bring down Perikatan Nasional before the final vote on Budget 2021, is that not the same as rejecting the budget proposal given that the proposal would no longer be relevant should Perikatan Nasional fall?