If Liew’s motions are passed in the Dewan Rakyat on May 18, it will be a victory to the opposition.
Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof has accepted two out of four of the motions proposed by Batu Sapi Member of Parliament Datuk Liew Vui Keong to be debated on May 18.
Liew confirmed this when contacted and clarified that the two motions were only accepted by the Speaker to be debated, not as a confirmation that the motions are passed.
The motions in question are firstly on the resolution that the Parliament is subjected only to its own rules and the one-day sitting is unconstitutional since the Parliament is above other rules including the Movement Control Order (MCO).
The second motion was a request to extend the one-day sitting to eight days.
“So, we will have to debate the motions first. The approval from the Speaker does not mean that it is a confirmation we will be having an eight-day Dewan Rakyat sitting,” he said.
Regardless, he said if his motions are passed in the Dewan Rakyat on May 18, it will be a victory to the opposition.
“If I succeed on that day and manage to get an extension of Parliament sitting even if only for one additional day, it means we have defeated the government’s plan.
“Indirectly, it will also mean that the government does not have the majority in the House,” he said.
The other two motions he submitted, which were rejected by Ariff, include a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The other is a motion of confidence for Langkawi MP Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
According to Liew, these two motions were rejected by Ariff because the latter told him in a letter dated May 5 that the government already has the majority in the Parliament.
The New Straits Times has contacted Ariff for comments. However, as at press time, he has yet to respond. – NST