PETALING JAYA: PAS has criticised those calling for a premiership transition, saying that only the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Parliament can decide on the position of the Prime Minister.
“Demands made by certain groups for the Prime Minister to fix the date to transfer power to another parliamentarian are not in accordance with the law, ” PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (pic) said in a statement.
Certain NGOs and groups have called on Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to fix the date to transfer power to Port Dickson MP Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Takiyuddin said if Anwar claimed that he had at least a simple majority of support among the parliamentarians, it would indirectly imply that Dr Mahathir had lost the confidence of the majority of MPs.
“He (Anwar) could also table a motion of no confidence in Parliament in accordance with Article 43(4) of the Federal Constitution.
“If the motion of no confidence is passed, the Prime Minister would have two options – relinquish his position or advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to dissolve the Parliament, with the latter having the absolute power to consider the advice or otherwise, ” he said.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong can appoint from among the MPs, a Prime Minister who enjoys a majority of support in Parliament in accordance with Article 43(2)(a) of the Federal Constitution.“This is the prerogative of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and he does not need advice from any parties, ” he said.
He stressed that none of the 18 PAS MPs would support a motion of no confidence against Dr Mahathir.