KUALA LUMPUR: Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman today dismissed any notion of a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, saying the coalition is “more united than ever”.
Syed Saddiq said certain quarters were trying to split Pakatan Harapan (PH) but that it was not working.
“We are as close as ever and we have presidential meetings every three weeks and the Cabinet meetings every time. Outside of official meetings, we are as united as over.
“There are always these claims, but being a member of the presidential committee, I can say we are more united than ever,” he told reporters after attending the C4 conference on “Conflict of Interest” here today.
Syed Saddiq’s comments come on the back of Mahathir’s remarks that he would adopt a wait-and-see approach regarding talk of PAS’ support for him amid speculation of a no-confidence vote against the prime minister.
“I will wait and see if there is a vote of no confidence, (and) if PAS will support me or not,” he told reporters after a visit to the defence ministry here earlier today.
Talk of a no-confidence vote was triggered by a claim by PAS that it had pledged to support the prime minister in the event of a betrayal by PH politicians.
Meanwhile, in response to Johor DAP committee member Boo Cheng Hau’s call for Mahathir’s resignation, Syed Saddiq said the prime minister was given the mandate after the 14th general election to lead and clean up the country.
“This is a collective responsibility. We give our full support to the prime minister and I am sure all of PH, including his party, are supporting Dr Mahathir.”
Boo had hit out at the veteran leader for belittling the pledges in PH’s manifesto.
Boo also attacked PPBM for accepting former Umno leaders into its fold, while venting fury at those who claimed Barisan Nasional would not have been toppled without Mahathir’s leadership.
A day after his call for Mahathir’s resignation, Boo defended his actions, saying that he had done nothing wrong as Mahathir himself had once called for Tunku Abdul Rahman’s resignation as prime minister.