Mahathir to PAS: If you want to support me, thank you, but I am already Prime Minister [VIDEO INSIDE]

Pas has been consistent in its stand to support Dr Mahathir as Prime Minister and pledged that all 18 of its MPs would back him were a vote of no confidence held in the Dewan Rakyat. Source (pic): TTF Files

محضير كڤد ڤاس: كالاو كامو نق اصول ڤرچاي سوكوڠ ساي، تريما كاسيه، تاڤي ساي سودهڤون برڬلر ڤردان منتري

“I’m already the Prime Minister, and if they want to support me, thank you.” This was Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s reported response regarding a planned move by Pas to table a vote of confidence in him in the next Parliament sitting.

The day before yesterday, TTF pointed out to PAS that a “vote of confidence” made no sense as Mahathir was mandated to hold the post of Prime Minister.

Parliamentarians, however, can decide to challenge the mandate by moving a vote of no confidence. In this case, it would make more sense for PAS to challenge Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to move the vote if indeed Anwar does command majority support.

A failed “vote of confidence” is not tantamount to it being a “vote of no confidence.” This is considering that since a vote of no confidence is not constitutionally required or recognised, the results mean nothing.

The fact that it is not constitutionally recognised or necessary would also affect the vote itself as some parliamentarians may deliberately not vote just to air their grouses.


KUALA LUMPUR: “I’m already the Prime Minister, and if they want to support me, thank you.”

This was Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s reported response regarding a planned move by Pas to table a vote of confidence in him in the next Parliament sitting.




“I have no idea what they (PAS) are going to do…,” added the elder statesman.

The day before yesterday, TTF pointed out to PAS that a “vote of confidence” made no sense as Mahathir was mandated to hold the post of Prime Minister.

The mandate was constitutionally delivered post GE14 (General Election 14) by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong following a decision by the majority of parliamentarians to turn him into Prime Minister.

Thus, it is not necessary for the mandate to be repeated as the Federal Constitution of Malaysia does not warrant the need to do so.

Parliamentarians, however, can decide to challenge the mandate by moving a vote of no confidence. In this case, it would make more sense for PAS to challenge Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to move the vote if indeed Anwar does command majority support.

A failed “vote of confidence” is not tantamount to it being a “vote of no confidence.” This is considering that since a vote of no confidence is not constitutionally required or recognised, the results mean nothing.

The fact that it is not constitutionally recognised or necessary would also affect the vote itself as some parliamentarians may deliberately not vote just to air their grouses.

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The same parliamentarians, however, would take a “vote of no confidence” more seriously as they know the outcome would have a definitive impact on the position of Prime Minister.

Dr Mahathir, who was speaking after attending a dialogue session with the French business community in Malaysia organised by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Malaysia, added that “he has no idea what the Islamic party is planning to do.”

Article continues after video by The Star Online

At a press conference on Saturday, Pas deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said that the party will table a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister in Parliament next month.

He said that the move is necessary to address the current power transition turmoil involving Dr Mahathir, which has “disrupted political and economic stability.”

Pas has been consistent in its stand to support Dr Mahathir as Prime Minister and pledged that all 18 of its MPs would back him were a vote of no confidence held in the Dewan Rakyat.

Yesterday, Tuan Ibrahim said that the matter will be discussed with Umno during the Muafakat Nasional meeting tonight.

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