Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s motion of confidence was passed in parliament today, winning vital backing for his premiership after an election last month returned an unprecedented hung parliament.
Anwar has secured enough votes of confidence in the Dewan Rakyat today, as confirmed by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Johari Abdul who had earlier called for a voice vote.
Since the vote session was done verbally, the exact number of majority that Anwar has secured can’t be confirmed although it was previously reported that the prime minister had garnered the support of 148 members of parliament.
The motion was tabled by deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof earlier on Monday.
Fadillah (GPS-Petrajaya) said it was important for the unity government under Anwar’s premiership to secure the confidence of lawmakers in view of the projected economic downturn in 2023.
“This will strengthen the confidence of investors, the business community and the people,” he said while adding that the support obtained would allow the unity government to render the best service to the people. “Hence, with the leadership of the tenth Prime Minister and his unity, the government must be supported for the success of the country and the welfare of the people.”
In his first press conference after being sworn in as Prime Minister of the unity government last month, Anwar said a special sitting would be called for the motion to be tabled in Parliament to test the support his government commands in the Dewan Rakyat.