PETALING JAYA: A Dewan Rakyat spokesman has said there is no record of the 13 MPs who were said to have stood up to support an individual vote after the annual budget was passed at the policy level through a voice vote.
It was reported that some MPs present had identified the 13 who stood up to call for the individual vote as being all 11 MPs from Amanah and two from Pejuang, namely Dr Mahathir Mohamad (Langkawi) and his son Mukhriz (Jerlun).
The spokesman, who declined to be named, told FMT that the MPs who stood up were counted and it was found to be below the minimum of 15 required.
“They were counted but it was not enough for an individual vote,” he said.
When asked for a list of the MPs who had stood up, he said that there was none.
Meanwhile, an aide to former prime minister Mahathir later claimed that all four Pejuang MPs had stood up, including Amiruddin Hamzah and Shahruddin Md Salleh, and not just the two mentioned earlier.
The decision by the majority of opposition MPs to opt against an individual vote for the passing of the budget has raised questions, while party leaders and backbenchers seem to be keeping mum on the matter.