KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's opposition leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on Thursday (Oct 22) submitted a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
The motion was submitted at 1pm at the office of Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.
Although the motion was accepted by Pandikar's office, the Speaker had said this week that the motion will not be heard at the current Parliament sitting. He said such motions must be submitted in accordance with Standing Orders, which are required to be submitted 14 days before the start of Parliament proceedings.
Analysts have said a no-confidence vote against the Prime Minister is not likely to succeed due to the large gap between the number of opposition and ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs in the House.
A total of 112 votes from the 222 parliamentarians are needed for the motion to be passed.
BN holds a comfortable majority in Parliament with 134 MPs against 88 in the opposition benches.
Dr Wan Azizah, who is the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president, declined to provide details when asked if any government MPs would support the motion.
She added that Pandikar accepted the motion eventhough he had earlier also suggested that the opposition submit names of those who would back the motion.
"It must be noted that the motion only relates to the loss of confidence in Datuk Seri Najib but not in the Government. This is because I and many others irrespective of political affiliations believe that the difficult economic, social and political crisis this country is facing is due to the leadership crisis in the country," Dr Wan Azizah said.
"I trust that all Members of Parliament would vote according to their conscience. We must put aside our politics and put the interest of this nation above all else. We cannot keep someone in office and have thousands lose their jobs," she said.
Meanwhile, a BN MP has challenged opposition leaders to step down from their party positions if their attempt to take down the Prime Minister through a no-confidence vote does not succeed.
Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan, in his official Twitter account on Thursday, urged Dr Wan Azizah and Democratic Action Party MPs Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng to take full responsibility and resign if the no-confidence vote is defeated.
"I urge the opposition leaders to take the challenge. Resign from their political posts if (the no-confidence vote) is defeated. Question is will they have the guts?" he wrote.