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A motion for a vote of no confidence has never been tabled in the Dewan Rakyat before, a former minister who has been in Parliament for almost 10 years now said in the wake of the move by five MPs to bring forward one against Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

But former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohamed Nazri Aziz said there was still a way for such a motion to be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat should the opposition fail to present one.

“That motion will be allowed when all government affairs are over. This means the government’s motions need to be completed first, then personal motions can be brought in,” the Padang Rengas MP told MalaysiaNow.

Should the opposition wish to bring forward a no-confidence motion in order to overthrow the government, he added, the best way would be to ensure that government bills are defeated when put to vote.

The five MPs from Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Pejuang party presented the motion of no confidence to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Azhar Harun yesterday.

They also sent a resolution for a ruling that Muhyiddin, as Pagoh MP, does not possess the support of the majority of MPs under the Dewan Rakyat’s Standing Orders 26(1) and 27(3).

Mahathir himself, as Langkawi MP, was one of the five. He was accompanied by Jerlun MP Mukhriz Mahathir, Simpang Renggam MP Maszlee Malik, Kubang Pasu MP Amiruddin Hamzah and Sri Gading MP Shahruddin Md Salleh.

According to Nazri, another avenue for the opposition would be to consult law minister Takiyuddin Hassan.

“They have to understand as well that being the opposition, it will be difficult to bring a private member’s bill, what more if it involves a motion of no confidence,” he added.

Another Umno MP, Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, said the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government should act to resolve its internal rifts.

“PN is unstable,” he told MalaysiaNow. “Umno is very serious. Ask Muhyiddin to be serious too.

“Umno no longer wishes to be taken advantage of like before.”

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