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    Jul 29, 2015

    No-confidence vote against Najib sought


    OPPOSITION MPs in Malaysia will move a vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Najib Razak. They also invited former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin to join in the vote, the Malay Mail Online reported.

    Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) MP Rafizi Ramli said MPs from the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition who loved the country should support the motion, together with MPs from PKR, the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB). Mr Najib's Umno party is the lead party in Barisan Nasional.

    "We have not set any timeframe to table the motion, which can be done in the next Parliament sitting or outside," he said during a media conference yesterday.

    "Of course, we need the numbers and that is why we are making an open invitation to all MPs, including those from Barisan Nasional.

    "If we sit down and wait for Umno to do it, it would never happen."

    A total of 17 MPs from the three parties signed a joint statement, read out by GHB leader Mohamad Sabu.

    In the statement, the MPs proposed setting up a transition government and appointing an interim prime minister to govern for a year, before the next general election is called. The MPs agreed to appoint an elder statesman from any party, including Umno, to replace Mr Najib.

    Several terms are also included, namely reforming important institutions to ensure fair elections, resolving pressing issues such as 1Malaysia Development Berhad, and a revision of economic policies which are a burden to the people.

    It is understood that a delegation will be formed to start meeting some MPs and convince them to support the motion.

    When asked why Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) MPs were not on the list, Mr Mohamad Sabu said the question should be posed to the Islamist party.

    But he said PAS was welcomed to support the motion so that there could be "finality to the full-blown crisis".

    DAP MP Tony Pua said there should be a new alliance of progressive leaders and that all political players must join hands in a new political culture. He said there must not be any partisan politics and voters should demand their MPs support the motion to remove Mr Najib.

    "The situation now is akin to a repeat of the leadership crisis in 1998. The opposition MPs will not take it lying down if there are attempts to put us behind bars and suppress press freedom," he said.