PAS MP: We voted against bill to teach ministry a lesson

Nik-Mazian-Nik-MohamadKUALA LUMPUR: A PAS member says some of them voted against the domestic trade, co-operatives and consumerism ministry’s Supply Bill 2018 to teach the ministry a lesson.

Nik Mazian Nik Mohamad (PAS-Pasir Puteh) said they were against the rising cost of living, and that they wanted the ministry to know they had not supported the bill based on what was happening on the ground.

“We voted according to our conscience,” he told reporters at the Dewan Rakyat.

“(To) teach them a lesson.”

Nik Mazian said the PAS MPs did not have a pre-council meeting to discuss whether to vote for or against the bill, and that they were free to vote at the committee stage except at the policy level.

The MPs’ decision was made “then and there”, he added.

Meanwhile, Idris Ahmad (PAS-Bukit Gantang), who abstained from voting yesterday, said they did not expect a bloc vote at the committee stage.

“We did not have any consensus,” he said after chairing a closed-door meeting with other PAS members at the Parliament building.

When asked if they would have consensus on decisions made by MPs in the future, he replied: “We will see.”

The Supply Bill 2018 was passed at the policy stage about two weeks ago. Lawmakers are now debating the bill at the committee level, where they will discuss it in detail.

There was chaos at the Dewan Rakyat last night as lawmakers rushed into the house from the lobby to vote.

The provision under the Supply Bill 2018 was approved with the narrowest of margins, with 52 voting for it, 51 against it and two other MPs present in the house abstaining.

Mahfuz Omar (PAS-Pokok Sena) said besides himself, the five other MPs who went against the bill were Ahmad Marzuk Shaary (Bachok), Wan Hassan Mohd Ramli (Dungun), Nik Mazian (Pasir Puteh), Izani Husin (Pengkalan Chepa) and Ahmad Baihaki Atiqullah (Kubang Kerian).

Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff (Rantau Panjang) also abstained from voting.