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(File pic) Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said political parties in Pakatan Harapan (PH) have nothing to fear about the motion. -NSTP/GHAZALI KORI.

MARANG: The motion on a vote of confidence to be tabled by Pas at the next parliamentary session is to mitigate government politicking and allow Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed to focus on the economy and people’s well-being.

Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said political parties in Pakatan Harapan (PH) have nothing to fear about the motion, which would be a democratic process and avenue for all to show their support for Dr Mahathir.

“We know there are some fears over our (Pas) move, but we are not afraid, because we are more concerned about the welfare of the people and the economic health of the nation which transcends political, racial and religious barriers.

“We take note that there are problems (in PH) but the vote of confidence is a reasonable motion to back the Prime Minister to work a way out of the economic malaise which is affecting the people.

“And we thought we would be the first to table such a motion. But a couple of days ago, the parliament in Lebanon backed a new Cabinet and the government’s financial rescue plan, although there were protests.

“So our motion is a reasonable one and there is no reason why we should fear the Prime Minister working for the country.

“Our vote (of confidence) will reduce politicking and also unveil who (among the parliamentarians) are against him (Dr Mahathir),” he told the New Straits Times after his weekly "tazkirah" at the Rusila mosque, today.

Hadi said he is aware that there is a fragile unity within PH, including among DAP and Parti Amanah Negara members.

“Rather than bickering about politics, it will be better if they were to support the Prime Minister to close the door on the crisis of each party. Their focus and energy can be used to rev up the economy and find ways to overcome inflation and the high cost of living.

“The crime rate is on the rise and national security (needs to) be tightened. The government needs to focus on development. Pas is not afraid to propose what is good for the nation – but we are not bootlickers.

“With the vote of confidence, we can also stop the question of who will take over the Prime Minister’s post,” Hadi added.

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