KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 5 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will be able to survive any attempts to bring a vote of no confidence against him in Parliament, minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said today.
He said he believed Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmakers from Sabah and Sarawak will back Najib if such a vote is brought up in Parliament.
“I don’t think the vote of no confidence will even appear, will be tabled.
“But should there be one, we believe the prime minister will be able to survive confidently,” he told reporters here.
Abdul Rahman, who is a Sabah lawmaker, said that Najib is willing to listen whenever he visits the state.
“Datuk Seri Najib is still the best prime minister for Sabah and Sarawak, he has done more than any of the prime ministers combined for Sabah and Sarawak,” the minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government said.
“We are confident we will be standing behind Datuk Seri Najib,” he said, referring to federal lawmakers from Sabah and Sarawak.
In Najib’s past visits to Sarawak, the state’s Barisan Nasional chief and Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has said the state will continue to back the prime minister in both good and bad times.
During his surprise show at the mammoth Bersih 4 rally last weekend, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said MPs should move a no-confidence vote in Parliament as the only way to return to rule of law was to remove Najib from power.
He also called on Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmakers to take part in the vote against Najib, but added that the government should remain in the 13-party coalition’s hands afterwards.
In response, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz told Malay Mail Online in an interview that Dr Mahathir’s proposal is doomed to fail because the system currently does not allow a no-confidence vote against an individual.
The former de facto law minister also said that BN’s chief whip ? Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will not allow such a move to take place and will ensure all BN MPs toe the line.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak had also warned that the entire BN government will fall if a no-confidence vote against the prime minister succeeds in Parliament.