KUALA LUMPUR – The Ismail Sabri Yaakob administration’s controversial move to back away from a confidence motion requested by Malaysia’s King comes after the opposition Pakatan Harapan (PH) offered only to abstain, in exchange for several reform and Covid-19 initiatives.
Official sources told The Straits Times that the main opposition coalition handed in a draft agreement on the abstention offer before last week’s Cabinet meeting, which decided to set up a ministerial committee involving all major ruling parties in government to study the proposal.
PUTRAJAYA – Pakatan Harapan has indicated that it is willing to vote in favour of Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob should a motion of confidence for the newly appointed prime minister be tabled in Dewan Rakyat.
However, this is only if the current government can continue to share a cordial working relationship with the opposition in ensuring people-centric initiatives are delivered, said opposition leader and PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim after meeting the prime minister today.
“We said if the (political) atmosphere remains like this, and pro-rakyat programmes can be delivered, we will not complicate matters,” he told reporters, when asked on PH’s stand on a confidence vote.
This followed a 90-minute meeting between Ismail Sabri and Anwar, as well as Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
Anwar said the matter of him being given a ministerial post did not arise during the meeting, adding that the coalition leaders are not interested in any cabinet position.
“I am not interested. From the beginning, we (PH) have said we come here not to seek any position. Our issue is primarily focused on Covid-19 and the economy of the people.”
Anwar said the appointment of any opposition MP into the council and committee was not discussed today.
He said the meeting is as a “good start” for the opposition to air its views in effectively addressing the health pandemic and proposing solutions to issues affecting the people.
Both parties also agreed to lower the political temperature, in return that the government focuses on the issues being raised by the coalition, he added.
“We have given our assurance that if programmes (focusing) on Covid-19 and the people are carried out, then we have no problem to guarantee that the situation will be under control.”