No confidence vote not govt business: Shabery

(Bernama) — The motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, which the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) is contemplating, is not necessary because it does not concern government business, Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek said.

He said the tabling of a motion in parliament would depend on the Dewan Rakyat Speaker and that according to the rules of the House, priority was for motions tabled by the government.

“Under which provision can a member table a motion of no confidence against (the leader of) the government of the day?” he told reporters after the Information Ministry’s Excellent Service Award presentation here today.

Ahmad Shabery said he did not believe that there was a way for members of the House to raise and table a motion for a vote of no confidence.

“If motions can be tabled at will, no one can form a government or perform its responsibilities because everyday there will be someone who wants to table a motion,” he added.

Ahmad Shabery said the SAPP action, which he regarded as threatening, was against the principles of the Barisan Nasional.

However, he said the SAPP’s action would not affect the BN.

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