Now, Rafizi says don’t get hopes up about ousting Najib with no confidence vote


(Malay Mail Online) – PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli cautioned the public today against getting their hopes up about ousting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak through a no-confidence vote.

Rafizi also admitted that it is not an easy task as the Dewan Rakyat is “controlled” by Najib and Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, and urged the public to “recalibrate their expectations”.

“My fear is… I think we have to recalibrate the expectations of the people because I don’t think the public understand the Standing Orders,” Rafizi told reporters.

The Pandan MP said any motion to be tabled in Parliament has to be submitted to the Speaker, who would then refer the matter to the prime minister.

“Therefore, a vote of no confidence, or a motion to table a vote of no confidence the way the public is accustomed to it in other countries, is nearly impossible here,” he added.

Rafizi said Najib would also be beefing up his defence by making sure all Barisan Nasional MPs be present in Parliament to back him up.

“We will definitely try to put in the motion trying to defeat him and so on… but whether or not that will happen, we have to be realistic about it,” said Rafizi.

“I am worried that if the people do not understand Parliament’s procedures, then they will say this is deceit by the Opposition.”