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‘A motion of no-confidence must be brought first on the list’ – Art Harun (2015)

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Listen to Azhar Azizan Harun, five years before he was appointed Speaker of Parliament, expounding on how a government may fall if the prime minister ceases to command a majority in Parliament.

In this video published by the Malaysian Insight, Azhar (or Art Harun as he called himself then) draws a distinction between a private member’s motion and a no-confidence motion. A private member’s motion (in this case, a private bill on hudud by Pas), comes after government business in the order paper. In contrast, a no-confidence motion takes priority by convention or constitutional practice, he asserts.

This position appears to be at odds with his current view as Speaker: he now seems to equate a no-confidence motion with a private member’s motion, with both thus coming after government business in the order paper.

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