‘If PM needs to seek legitimacy elsewhere, it means the king’s discretion can be overruled.’
A vote of confidence is not necessary as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had already appointed Ismail Sabri Yaakob as prime minister as per the Federal Constitution, said Attorney-General Idrus Harun.
He argued that a vote of confidence would actually undermine the king’s powers.
“If the appointment of a new prime minister still needs legitimacy from anyone besides His Majesty, this means His Majesty’s sole discretion can be overruled by others.
“Such a step is not in line with the Federal Constitution and denies His Majesty’s powers as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.
“As such, based on the facts above, there is no need to legitimise the appointment of the prime minister, and the government has been formed in accordance with the law,” Idrus said in a statement today (Sept 4).
The Agong himself had previously decreed that whoever was appointed as prime minister following Muhyiddin Yassin’s resignation should seek a vote of confidence.
The move is believed to have been aimed at ensuring that the government is stable.
Ismail Sabri had been appointed as prime minister after securing support from 114 lawmakers.
However, support for him is fragile due to internal Umno tensions with party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s faction.
Pakatan Harapan chairperson Anwar Ibrahim had assured that the opposition coalition would not complicate matters during a vote of confidence if the prime minister’s policies are pro-rakyat.
Parliament is set to convene on Sept 13.