No go for Parliament’s no-confidence attempt

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By Chew Lip Song

THE highly-anticipated Dewan Rakyat meeting on Monday will only see the opening address by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, with other matters, including a possible bid to oust the PM, being shelved.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof said that there would not be any other government business to attend to for the day, The Star reported.

“I received a letter signed by the Prime Minister who is the Ketua Majlis, informing that as the Covid-19 outbreak has not been completely subsided, the government had decided that the first meeting of the third session of the 14th Parliament would only take place for a day on May 18.

“There will be no meeting after the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s opening address,” he said in a statement today.

This was supposed to include the declaration of the appointment of the Opposition leader, the tabling of a motion on the appointment of the Parliamentary Select Committee, as well as the appointment of the chairman and deputy of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Two Supplementary Supply Bills were also supposed to be tabled for its first reading as well as a motion to adjourn debate on the King’s speech.

Former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad had also submitted a motion to table a no-confidence vote against Muhyiddin. The Speaker has accepted the motion but it may not necessarily see the light of day as government matters take precedence.

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