Speaker confirms receiving Shafie's proposed motion of confidence in Dr M at May 18

PETALING JAYA: Semporna MP Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal has proposed a motion of confidence in Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad when Parliament convenes for its one-day sitting on May 18.

The matter came to light when a purported letter signed by Shafie in his capacity as MP surfaced on social media. When contacted, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff M Yusof confirmed the authenticity of the letter from Shafie.

“Wait for a full statement from the Dewan Rakyat secretary Friday (May 8)," he said on Thursday (May 7). On April 17, Dewan Rakyat secretary Riduan Rahmat issued notice to MPs for a one-day sitting on May 18.

He also noted the sitting was for the official opening of Parliament by the Agong with no motions accepted or raised.

Riduan added that priority would be given to government matters related to Covid-19. Based on House orders, backbencher MPs will have to officially write in to inform the Speaker of their intention to propose a motion.

It is up to the Speaker's discretion to allow or reject the motion.

Source: The Star

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