Bersih suggests blocking Budget as proxy no-confidence vote

PKR’s Hee Loy Sian last week submitted a motion for a vote of no confidence against Datuk Seri Najib Razak (pic), but it is uncertain if the proposal will make it into actual debate. ― File pic
PKR’s Hee Loy Sian last week submitted a motion for a vote of no confidence against Datuk Seri Najib Razak (pic), but it is uncertain if the proposal will make it into actual debate. ― File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 ― Lawmakers can approximate a vote of no-confidence against the prime minister by blocking Budget 2015 that he will table on Friday, polls watchdog Bersih 2.0 said today.

Under democratic conventions, the rejection of the national Budget can be used to assert an automatic vote of no confidence against the administration.

“Bersih 2.0 urges both Pakatan Harapan and PAS to instruct all of their parliamentarians to attend the Parliament during the budget debate and vote against the budget in every opportunity.

“Bersih 2.0 also urges all Barisan Nasional backbenchers to cross the floor and vote down the budget. At the very least, all BN parliamentarians should abstain from voting in favour of the budget,” it said in a statement.

PKR’s Hee Loy Sian last week submitted a motion for a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, but it is uncertain if the proposal will make it into actual debate.

Federal Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said she will also submit a fresh motion for the same purpose, but the outcome of this will also be equally uncertain.

Najib will table the Budget for 2016 on Friday.

Bersih 2.0 in August organised an overnight rally in Kuala Lumpur to demand Najib resign over a RM2.6 billion deposit he received prior to Election 2013.

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