PETALING JAYA: PAS today said it was not out to curry favour with Dr Mahathir Mohamad following its plans to table a motion of confidence in the prime minister’s leadership.
Rather, its president, Abdul Hadi Awang, said the Islamist party wanted to “save the people”.
Hadi said through this motion, everyone will know which parliamentarian agrees or not with Mahathir serving his term out as prime minister.
“This will allow MPs, not only from PAS and Umno, but also from Pakatan Harapan, to vote,” he said.
Hadi said he was aware that there were those who were afraid of PAS’ plans, adding the party would not be upset if the motion came to naught.
“What is important is that we want to save the nation. Not just Malays and Muslims, but the other races, too.”
Last weekend, PAS said it would table a vote of confidence in Mahathir’s leadership in the Dewan Rakyat next month.
Its deputy president, Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, said this was to stop the bickering on whether Mahathir had the confidence of the House “once and for all”.
Earlier today, Mahathir reiterated that he would keep his promise to hand over the post to his successor after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit, which Malaysia will host in November.
Under a deal struck by the PH leadership before GE14, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim was to succeed Mahathir as prime minister at an unspecified date after the coalition took over Putrajaya.
Mahathir’s statement was in response to claims by a news portal today that 138 MPs had signed statutory declarations (SDs) in support of him completing a full term as the prime minister.