The Politics of the No Confidence Vote in Malaysia: 1959 to 2009

By Azmah Abdul Manaf.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Vote of no confidence is a medium used in the state assembly house and federal parliament in Malaysia to sack a political party that is believed to be incapable to rule the respective state or federal government. In Malaysian political history, vote of no confidence was first used in the Terengganu Assembly House in 1961. It was proposed by the representative from the Alliance party against PAS, the ruling party. Later in Sarawak, it was used to topple Chief Minister, Datok Stephen Kalong Ningkan in 1967. In recent years, vote of no confidence was used to dismiss the Pakatan Rakyat party from being a Perak state government. Most of the cases were involved the Alliance/National party and the opposition party with an exception to the case of Sarawak, which is more complicated. This working paper is intended to analyze these three situations which end up with the victorious to the Alliance/National Front, the party which led the federal government since 1955. Some comparison will be made as these three situations are from different states and it involved different parties. The political crises that occurred in respective states will also be discussed and analyzed.

Keywords: Vote of No Confidence, Malaysian History, Malaysian Politics, Political Parties

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 12, pp.225-240. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 851.218KB).

Azmah Abdul Manaf

Lecturer, Schools of Distance Education, University Sains Malaysia, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Azmah Abdul Manaf’s main research interest is on Malaysian political history. Azmah Abdul Manaf’s first degree was obtained in 1987 followed by Master degree in history in 1992 from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia. In 2008, Azmah obtained a PhD degree from Charles Darwin University, Australia. Azmah’s current post is as a senior lecturer at Universiti Sains Malaysia. The main courses that Azmah teaches are Malaysian history: politics and social and other history courses. Azmah has published three books on Malaysian history, from 2001 to 2012. All of these books are written in Malay language.


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