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Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail speaking at the Regional Conference on Peaceful Coexistence 2020 in Shah Alam yesterday. -Bernama

SHAH ALAM: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail yesterday expressed disbelief over an alleged plan by Pas to table a vote of confidence in the Dewan Rakyat for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to remain as prime minister.

Dr Wan Azizah said this was because it was unusual for the opposition to give their support to the prime minister, let alone make such a plan.

When asked to elaborate further, she smiled and briefly said: “We have been supporting Dr Mahathir long before Pas.”

Dr Wan Azizah was speaking after opening the Regional Conference on Peaceful Coexistence 2020 here yesterday.

Pas deputy president Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man had reportedly said the decision to table a vote of confidence was made unanimously by the Pas central leadership council last week.

Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan also indicated that the party would back the vote of confidence in Dr Mahathir if it were to be tabled by Pas.

In her speech, Dr Wan Azizah said it was everyone’s dream to live in peace and harmony, but that did not come easy.

“It needs each member of society to play their part and work together to make the region an exemplary model of peaceful coexistence. But many issues need to be resolved first.”

Relating her experience studying abroad, she said it was a valuable lesson in developing her ability to adapt to any situation.

“I got a culture shock because I was a minority.

“But that’s how I learnt to live with people of different races, religions and lifestyles.” - Bernama

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