PAS says will back no-confidence vote

PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said even though the Islamist opposition party did not agree with the movement seeking Najib’s removal, PAS would still support a no-confidence motion. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said even though the Islamist opposition party did not agree with the movement seeking Najib’s removal, PAS would still support a no-confidence motion. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 — PAS will support a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak if it is tabled in Parliament, party secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said today.

Takiyuddin said even though the Islamist opposition party did not agree with the movement led by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that is seeking Najib’s removal, PAS would still support a no-confidence motion.

“Not necessarily wait for elections. We believe in the parliamentary democracy process; there are steps. Like motions raised in Parliament also is a step. Like a motion of no confidence, that is part of the process.

“We will still support it. We, from the beginning, have said that we accept that there is one method to change the leadership of the country — through a vote of no confidence,” he told reporters when met outside the Dewan Rakyat lobby today.

However, when pressed further, Takiyuddin said the party would only make a definite decision after the motion is brought to Parliament.

“If there is a motion, we will support it. When it comes to Parliament, we will decide,” he added.

The Kota Baru MP said PAS was not interested in working with Dr Mahathir because they did not know his real intentions.

“As a statesman, he must know what is the best role he can play. We are not very clear what is the actual aim or purpose of that; that’s why we did not participate,” Takiyuddin said.

He, however, clarified that the Islamist party was not against the Citizens’ Declaration, a document signed by Dr Mahathir, Barisan Nasional (BN) veterans, opposition leaders and human rights activists that calls for Najib’s ouster, even though they had a different outlook.

Takiyuddin said that PAS members who attended the press conference last Friday announcing the Citizens’ Declaration were there in their own capacity and did not represent the party. PAS leaders Datuk Mustafa Ali and Datuk Mahfuz Omar had been present.

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