KOTA BARU: Pas, which has been pushing for a vote of confidence to back Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s leadership in Parliament next month, has had a change of heart and will not go ahead with the motion.
Pas deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the Islamic party decided to cancel its proposal on the matter following the decision by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council to leave it to the pact chairman to decide on when the succession to his Prime Ministership will take place.
The Kubang Kerian MP said the decision taken on the matter was only ‘in principal’ but expects the party to fully follow through in backing the decision.
"I admit that the decision by Pas to table a (vote of confidence) motion next month would most probably be dropped following PH's meeting last night (Friday night).
"But Pas will hold further discussion on the issue soon and expects to come out with 'proper announcement' within a day or two," he said.
The first meeting of the third session of the 14th Parliament will take place between March 9 and April 16.
Pas secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the party would drop its push for a vote of confidence for Dr Mahathir following the pact’s presidential council decision on the leadership transition issue.
He said it was no longer relevant to push for such a motion because the ruling coalition's decision last night "can effectively stop undemocratic attempts to unseat a sitting premier".
He said Pas would remain as a "constructive Opposition" and focus on checks and balances.
Takiyuddin, who is Kota Baru MP, said Pas reserved the right to change its stand if the situation warranted it.