Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob does not need to face a confidence vote in the Dewan Rakyat as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is already satisfied that he has majority support among members of Parliament, the attorney-general (AG) said.
The king had an audience with the 114 out of 220 MPs on August 19 to confirm their statutory declarations in support of Ismail, the Attorney-General’s Chambers said in a statement today.
Ismail, the Bera MP, then took his oath of office on August 21.
The AG said that since Ismail had been made the country’s ninth prime minister in accordance with processes stated in the federal constitution, there is no need for a confidence vote.
“If any party still doubts the legitimacy of the new prime minister’s appointment and wants a vote of confidence, it means that the sole powers of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong can be overridden by other quarters,” the AG said.
“Such a move is not in line with the federal constitution and denies the king his powers as enshrined in the constitution.
“As such, based on the facts, there is no need to determine the legitimacy of the prime minister’s appointment and of the government, which has been formed according to the law.” – TMI