On February 17, PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said that there is plot of no-confidence motion against Tun Mahathir as Prime Minister. The statement was made during an event campaigning for Semenyih by-election.
Consequently, top leaders of the component parties in Pakatan Harapan brushes off the baseless rumor.
Interestingly, Anwar Ibrahim who was often reported by the media as the Prime Minister-in-waiting seems to be extra engaging on the topic of “no-confidence vote against Mahathir”. He seems to be agitated by the rumor of him plotting behind Mahathir back.
He was active in retaliating against PAS using the RM1.4 million cheque issue. The PKR president claimed that he has the documents to prove that PAS paid the money to Sarawak Report to settle Hadi Awang’s court case in London. Later, Rafizi Ramli revealed the identity of the person who paid for the out-of-court settlement.
Recently, Anwar still did not get over the matter of the no-confidence vote. He said that the rumor was initiated by PAS to pit him against Mahathir. Besides, he also reiterates that the Prime Minister will hand over the power to him within 2 years of Mahathir’s second administration.
Maybe Anwar’s impulsive attack towards PAS was made to clear his name over the rumor. Whether he plot the coup or not, PAS allegation on the no-confidence vote seems to be getting into his head. Other top leaders like Lim Guan Eng (DAP) and Mohamad Sabu (Amanah) just brushed off the rumor and move on with the issue.
On the opposition side, PAS announced that they will support Mahathir as Prime Minister, so does UMNO as said by the acting president Mohamad Hasan. The next Dewan Rakyat session was set to initiate on March 11. With the current scenario, it is highly unlikely for a no-confidence motion against Tun Mahathir to happen.