PASIR PUTIH: PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin has denied signing any statutory declaration (SD) in support of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad remaining as prime minister for a full term.
Zuraida, who is housing and local government minister, questioned the validity of reports claiming that 138 members of parliament, including 26 PKR MPs, had signed the SD.
“I’m unsure of the validity of that news. I do not know anything about the SD. Only Allah knows.
“Whatever it is, I am not involved in the SD.
“I sign a lot of other things though. Just now, I signed a plaque,” she said in jest after launching Pasar Siti Sarah here yesterday.
She was commenting on a report claiming that 138 MPs had signed the SD in support of Dr Mahathir remaining as prime minister until the next general election, which went against Pakatan Harapan’s transition of power plan.
The report came on the heels of a Sarawak Report article on Tuesday that quoted reliable sources as saying that MPs from three parties, including PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and his allies, were pressured to sign the SD.
This came following speculation that Umno, Pas and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia were trying to form a new alliance named Pakatan Nasional.
Umno and Pas leaders had denied knowledge of the matter, but Pas had said it would table a motion of confidence for Dr Mahathir in the next Parliament sitting.
Zuraida is the second PKR MP to deny involvement in the SD.
On Thursday, PKR secretary-general and Kulim-Bandar Baru MP Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said he was not approached about any SD and brushed off the matter as a “rumour”.
In Marang, Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said
the vote of confidence would
mitigate government politicking and allow Dr Mahathir to focus on the economy and people’s wellbeing.
“We know there are fears over the move, but we are not afraid. We are more concerned about the welfare of the people and the economy, 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 find a way out of the economic malaise affecting the people.
“Our vote (of confidence) will reduce politicking and unveil who (among parliamentarians) are against him (Dr Mahathir),” Hadi told the New Straits Times after his weekly tazkirah at Masjid Rusila yesterday.
PKR organising secretary Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said it was strange for Pas to table such a motion.
“Why is Pas violating the mandate of their voters and the voters of their ally in Muafakat Nasional, Umno and Barisan Nasional?
“What is Pas trying to achieve with this? It’s obvious that the party does not have good intentions,” he said on Facebook.
Nik Nazmi said there was no need to table such a motion because PH still held 139 out of 222 parliamentary seats and even if such a motion was tabled, it was not legally binding.