No-confidence vote against Muhyiddin unlikely, says Najib

Former prime minister Najib Razak is not convinced that a motion of no confidence will be tabled against Muhyiddin Yassin in Parliament.

“I do not believe there will be such a motion,” he said when asked about the matter at a press conference in Parliament.

However, he said he would decide on his stand in the event that a no-confidence vote does take place in the Dewan Rakyat.

His comments came even as opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim today submitted a motion of no confidence against the prime minister to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Azhar Harun.

Najib earlier stated his support for Perikatan Nasional although he also called for Muhyiddin to resign honourably in the wake of Istana Negara’s statement today regarding the end of the emergency period.

He said Muhyiddin should be responsible for the political turmoil that took place today.

He also said Muhyiddin’s resignation was the business of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and that the prime minister’s position could only be determined through a parliamentary vote.

Najib himself faced a motion of no confidence in 2015, brought by PKR MP Hee Loy Sian over the 1MDB scandal.

Hee had submitted the motion citing Najib’s failure to explain the transfer of RM42 million from former 1MDB unit SRC International into his personal accounts.

Last year, Najib was sentenced to 12 years in jail and fined RM210 million after a court convicted him of seven counts of criminal breach of trust, abuse of power, and money laundering related to the RM42 million.

He is currently appealing against the conviction and sentence. – MALAYSIA NOW

by Ahmad Mustakim Zulkifli

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