Anwar: There will be no ‘no-confidence’ votePosted: April 11, 2008
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has said to reporters that the Pakatan Rakyat will not be pushing for a “no-confidence” vote when the Parliament convenes later this month, contrary to what has been said for the past year or so. This issue of voting ‘no-confidence’ was also widely debated and talked about right after the GE2008, when the BN got a huge beating from the PR.
Pakatan Rakyat will not push for ‘no-confidence’ vote, says Anwar
PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Rakyat will not push for a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in Parliament for now.
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was instrumental in putting together the Pakatan Rakyat coalition of PKR, DAP and PAS, said for the moment the issue did not arise.
Anwar, who will be eligible to hold public office again from April 15 after a five-year ban, said he was in no rush to get back into the fray.
Saying this was not a priority, he said he did not expect to contest in a by-election “in the next few months.”
“Building up an effective and credible Pakatan Rakyat is far more important for now,” he told The Star in an interview.
“Our priority is to ensure accountability and good governance in managing the states. We have to anticipate the possibility that the Federal Government might create problems for us by not disbursing funds so we have to ensure that we fulfil promises to the electorate.”
He believed that if Pakatan Rakyat delivered in the five states (Selangor, Penang, Kelantan, Perak and Kedah), then it could easily become the Federal Government in the next general election.
He reiterated that even now there were already a number of Barisan Nasional MPs wanting to crossover to the Pakatan Rakyat side.
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Personally, I congratulate Anwar for taking this step. Previously, when he was adamant about the defection of the BN reps over to the PKR, and about the resigning of one of the MPs in PKR to make way for him to get voted into Parliament through a by-election, and all that hype, I was quite suspect as to how this would all turn out. And perhaps, I wasn’t really all for it as well.
But now, with Anwar saying that he is not going to push for the vote of no confidence when the Parliament convenes, and not pushing to become the Federal Government by getting the Sabah and Sarawak MPs to defect over to PKR, I believe that this is one very smart step indeed.
And what he is saying is all true. If the PR does deliver in the five states that they have gained ruling power of, then the rakyat will automatically vote them into power again, and probably get even more votes than this time around. And with that, our next Federal Government may very well see Anwar spearheading Malaysia’s new government, and be the Prime Minister.
Of course, it is not going to be easy. There are some people within the BN who are quite adamant and committed to making life hard for the PR reps to make waves and good standing. But I’m sure that with perseverence, the PR can make it. They are already making some very smart moves, and very good actions. Now all they have to do it to continue this rising pattern, and they’ll see a greater victory come the next GE.
Although what Anwar is saying right now is something very different from what he claimed previously, and really makes me wonder about what he is really thinking about, it would seem that just by bringing the aggressive level down by that little bit, he stands to gain much.
He is in fact implying that he and the PKR, and PR in general, are not going to impose upon the rakyat what they want. For although the BN did get a hiding, they still won the GE, whether it was a fair one or not, they still won. And it is very smart of Anwar to respect that that was the outcome of the GE. The PR are in no hurry to go ‘power-crazy’, and are prepared to work together with the Federal Government. They are prepared to make the PR stronger before they dive in nose first into a bottom-less pit without first learning how to swim properly. I believe that by taking these precautions, and necessary first steps to strengthen the DAP-PKR-PAS coalition, they would come out stronger than they would if they went for the dive right now.
By not pushing or forcing the PR reps to vote for no confidence, Anwar leaves more room for the rakyat to see that he is in fact not a dictator, but is a leader who works and cooperates well, no matter who the other person is. And it would seem that if he has to work together with Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in order to see growth in the country, then so be it.
This is probably the best thing that I’ve read in the news so far since the GE back in early March. And Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has just made me see him in a new light. I have now, new-found respect for this leader of Parti Keadilan Rakyat.