Sunday, June 22, 2008

No-confidence motion not a new thing - The Star

KOTA BARU: Jun 22, 2008

The proposed no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is not new to the political landscape here, having been taken three times previously.

And all three attempts were successful, said International Islamic University law academician Prof Dr Abdul Aziz Bari.

He said the three times were in Sarawak in 1966, Selangor in 1976 and Kelantan in 1977 -- the chief minister and mentris besar of these states were forced out after a no-confidence vote.

However, this would be the first time that such a measure was being taken at the federal level, he noted, speaking as a panellist at a dialogue in Balai Islam on Pakatan Rakyat’s first 100 days of administration.

The two other panellists were PKR strategic planning director Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and Perlis Mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin.

Dr Abdul Aziz said the laws covering the tabling of such a motion were more or less similar at the state and federal levels.

Earlier this week, Barisan Nasional component party Sabah Progressive Party declared it was going to move for a vote of no-confidence against the Prime Minister, citing a lack of confidence in his leadership.

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