KUALA LUMPUR DEC.19: The much-awaited answer on the vote of confidence for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be the 10th Prime Minister was finally known today when majority Members of Parliament in Dewan Rakyat answered AGREE when the newly elected Speaker Datuk Johari Abdul asked them to answer.
Before the Speaker of Dewan Rakyat requested for 221 MPs to participate in the vote of confidence, 13 MPs had debated on the motion. Among them were from Bagan, Kota Bharu, Pandan and Arau.
Datuk Johari Abdul was named as the new Speaker of Dewan Rakyat through a secret ballot in the Lower House today. Johari received 147 votes defeating his contender, a former Kangar MP Tan Sri Mohd. Radzi Sheikh Ahmad from Perikatan Nasional (PN) received only 74 votes.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim tabled a motion for Johari, the former Sungai Petani MP to be the new Speaker and was seconded by Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Meanwhile, Larut MP, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin had proposed Mohd Radzi for the post, and the motion was supported by PAS Secretary-General Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof who is also Minister of Plantations and Commodities in tabling the motion on the vote of confidence for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be the 10th Prime Minister said the Unity Government will administer the country through good governance, fairness, and implement social reforms in certain sectors.
“These principles and policies are important for the stability, prosperity, and harmonious relationship among the people of multiple races, religions, and cultural backgrounds,” he said.
The Minister of Natural Resources, Environment, and Climate Change, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said, it was a brave move taken by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to have the vote of confidence in Dewan Rakyat.
“This is to enable the Prime Minister to lead the Unity Government with majority support from the MPs in Dewan Rakyat as quoted by TV1 today.
Nik Nazmi added, the government should now focus on the challenges of the current economic situation, the employment problems, and also the environmental issues. –Malaysia World News