Govt motion on price increases on Monday can be turned into “no confidence motion” if there are the numbers

After a marathon meeting, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong Teck Lee has received endorsement by SAPP supreme council for his call for a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Up to now, Parliament has not received any notice from any Member of Parliament for a no-confidence motion.

However, it is not necessary to have a proper motion of no confidence to create a “no confidence” vote in Parliament on the Prime Minister and the government-of-the-day.

I have been informed that the first item of parliamentary business after the 90-minute question time on Monday will be a motion by the Minister for Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad seeking support for the measures taken by the government over price increases of food, oil and commodities, including reduction of oil subsidies.

This government motion on price increases in Parliament on Monday can be turned into a no-confidence motion if there are enough numbers in Parliament to defeat it.

The motion on price increases to be moved by Shahrir reads:

Bahawa Dewan ini,

Prihatin akan kenaikan mendadak harga minyak, makanan dan komoditi lain di pasaran dunia, yang merupakan fenomena global di luar kawalan Kerajaan.

Menyedari bahawa fenomena kenaikan harga ini membawa impak negatif yang besar kepada kesejahteraan rakyat serta kemajuan ekonomi negara.

Memahami dan menyokong langkah Kerajaan untuk menstruktur sistem subsidi minyak dan gas yang menjejas kewangan Kerajaan dan tidak dapat ditanggung tatkala harga minyak di pasaran global terus meningkat tinggi, agar beban ke atas ekonomi negara dapat dikurangkan dan subsidi dapat diagihkan dengan lebih saksama kepada mereka yang benar-benar memerlukannya yakni golongan miskin dan berpendapatan rendah dan sederhana.

Menyokong langkah-langkah yang dilaksanakan oleh Kerajaan untuk mengurangkan beban ke atas rakyat yang disebabkan oleh kenaikan harga minyak, makanan dan komoditi, agar kesejahteraan hidup rakyat terus terjaga.

Menyedari keazaman dan usaha Kerajaan untuk terus mempertingkatkan pertumbuhan ekonomi dan memperjuangkan agenda pembangunan nasional, walaupun persekitaran di peringkat global semakin mencabar.

Bahawa Dewan yang mulia ini menyeru kesemua lapisan rakyat Malaysia, para peniaga dan pengilang serta parti-parti politik agar tabah dan bersatu padu dalam menghadapi cabaran global ini serta memelihara keamanan, kestabilan dan kesejahteraan kita bersama”.

  1. #1 by Lee Wang Yen on Saturday, 21 June 2008 - 4:55 pm

    In short, we should distinguish between
    A: ‘Issue X has great significance on ordinary criteria’
    B: ‘BN politicians acknowldge the great significance of Issue X’

  2. #2 by Godfather on Saturday, 21 June 2008 - 6:28 pm

    The indomitable duo at it again ! What a tag team !

    Lawyer: Anwar is either a dictator or a fool.

    Lawyer: But I never called Anwar a dictator.

    Cambridge Kid: Yeah, the lawyer is right, he used “either or” so he could not have called Anwar a dictator.

    Luckily for this indomitable duo, my anger is generally directed at BN and their cronies.

  3. #3 by Jeffrey on Saturday, 21 June 2008 - 6:56 pm


    You appear to lack discipline in grappling an immediate point of contention argued to finality before jumping all over the place and scouring past threads for other past matters argued for revival to prove some point without concern whether it is a point of any interest or relevance to readers of the current thread. Necessarily, for people to understand what you are talking about, they have go back and revisit the flow of thoughts and lines of arguments of past threads to appreciate nuance and context, which is an onerous thing you are expecting of people, when the discussion and topic have moved on whilst you are still nostalgic ….

  4. #4 by k1980 on Saturday, 21 June 2008 - 7:01 pm

    In the event BN is ousted by a no confidence vote on Monday, 23rd June, the Hari Merdeka holiday on 31st August needs to be replaced by Hari Pembebasan on 23rd June every year.

  5. #5 by gofortruth on Saturday, 21 June 2008 - 7:21 pm

    So the rippling effect duly starts with the bankers dishing out a 17% pay rise –

    But what about employees of every other industry in the country? I still question what kind of economic logic is there to put up such a hefty hike in petrol price all of a sudden???? Except for perhaps certain “people” really in urgent need to diverting public attention, such as C4, no?

  6. #6 by gofortruth on Saturday, 21 June 2008 - 7:28 pm

    If 17% is the prevaling guideline to up employees’ pay packets, this exercise would effectively bankrupt many many firms & companies in the country – What a STUPID situation the BN gomen has got the nation into!! This is “ASKING FOR TROUBLES”!

  7. #7 by undergrad2 on Saturday, 21 June 2008 - 9:05 pm

    Dear ‘konek’,

    The word “nincompoop” means ” a silly, foolish or stupid person” and I was referring to the poster using the vulgar handle ‘konek’.

    Only a nincompoop would feel the need to masquerade as a Chinese, who masquerades as a Malay. I believe this blog is committed to free speech so long as posters observe the rules of civil behavior. It is OK if you’re a Malay who has worked in government service throughout his career (even given a title on retirement by the Agong) and now calls himself a consultant! You may want to keep your ethnic identity a secret but to masquerade as a Chinese and bash your own people, and then masquerade as a Malay who then bash the Chinese could be the work of an ageing agent provocateur or a nincompoop.

    At least poster ‘Kasim Amat’ does not deny his ethnic identity and his political affiliations. He takes heavy flak from readers because he expects nothing less. He of course understands as this is an opposition blog and not an UMNO blog.

    If you share the aspirations of the DAP, it does not matter if you’re a Malay. DAP is a multiracial party committed to the ideals of democracy – free speech, association and equality among them.

  8. #8 by rainbowseahorse on Sunday, 22 June 2008 - 9:49 am

    gofortruth Says: “So the rippling effect duly starts with the bankers dishing out a 17% pay rise -But what about employees of every other industry in the country?”.

    …hehehe..haven’t you heard?..our PM, who “wants to lessen the people’s burden”, is driving around in his limousine collecting poor people to bring to his big house. He said there should be enough grass to go round as they are at least 1 meter tall.

  9. #9 by Jong on Sunday, 22 June 2008 - 10:09 am

    Yesterday at 19: 01.16
    In the event BN is ousted by a no confidence vote on Monday, 23rd June, the Hari Merdeka holiday on 31st August needs to be replaced by Hari Pembebasan on 23rd June every year. – k1980

    – hahaha that’s a good one! But you are putting the cart before the horse, let’s think about that when we get to it. It’s a very good suggestion no doubt!

  10. #10 by ShiokGuy on Sunday, 22 June 2008 - 3:16 pm

    More Milk Please

    This is my latest post on Sabah and Sarawak. Since independent East Malaysia has been milked dry.

    A politician has a similar picture of Milking back in 80’s, I was too young to understand.. see my version of the picture here

    Shiok Guy

  11. #11 by cheng on soo on Tuesday, 24 June 2008 - 10:57 am

    Put the horse before the cart, prices already increased, then ask for support, what a JOKE ! and A WASTE OF TIME 1

  12. #12 by Penangguy on Tuesday, 24 June 2008 - 8:50 pm

    Either count “No-confidence vote” or save own rice bowl?
    Who Dare?

  13. #13 by newchief on Thursday, 26 June 2008 - 3:46 pm

    No point now that we know the results. Bodowi’s back advisors are very clever. before the monday parliment, all BN were summoned into a private to vote for Bodowi’s fuel hike motion. Of not, get the WHIP & no more gaji lumayan!!! tat’s y the 2 SAPP MP were not invited for fear they will leak out that Bodowi is threatening all BN fellowmen.

    The only way to topple this BN is ALL BE UNITED to stage MALAYSIA BIGGEST STREET PROTEST which can never happen all are so cowards to be detained!!!

    even in the next election, bodowi will made postal voters to guarantee a 100% victory so all oppostions, pls wake up now to find a solution FAST that this will not happen !!!

    tat’s doomsday for us malaysia already bcs Mathatir has elected a DEVIL with many Satans as his advisors to lead which i am very sure he express regret openly.

    May Allah deal with them!!!

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