KL govt backs off trust vote as PH says it will only abstain

Ministers studying opposition's offer to abstain from vote in exchange for reform initiatives

The controversial move by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob's administration to back away from a confidence motion requested by Malaysia's King comes after the opposition Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition offered to only abstain in the vote, in exchange for several Covid-19 and reform initiatives.

Official sources told The Straits Times that the main opposition coalition had handed in a draft agreement on the abstention offer before last week's Cabinet meeting, at which it was decided that a ministerial committee involving all major ruling parties in government would be set up to study the proposal.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 07, 2021, with the headline 'KL govt backs off trust vote as PH says it will only abstain'. Subscribe