Three of the 14 Pas MPs broke ranks. But who were the seven missing BN votes?
The voting at the policy stage:
For – 128: 74 – Against
BN – 127
Independent – 1 (Khalid Ibrahim?)
Total – 128
DAP – 35 (Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang is suspended and Kepong MP Tan Seng Giaw was absent)
PKR – 30 (All PKR MPs – does this include PSM Sungai Siput MP?
Amanah – 6
Pas – 3 (Pokok Sena MP Mahfuz Omar, Pasir Puteh MP Dr Nik Mazian Nik Mohamad, Kubang Kerian MP Ahmad Baihaki Atiqulah = 3; 4 absentees; 7 abstentions; total 14 Pas MPs)
Total – 74
For – 128
Against – 74
Abstentions – 7 (Pas)
Absent – 5 (four Pas and one DAP)
Suspended – 1 (DAP)
Others – 7 (BN absentees/abstentions – who were they?)
Total – 222
So, of the 20 Pas and Amanah MPs, nine voted against the Budget and none for. This suggest that the original Pas base is split and neither here nor there – which effectively works to the BN’s advantage as we see here.
As this is the closest thing we might get to a vote of confidence in Najib as the prime minister, it appears that his position is safe for the moment. In fact, the 128 votes for the Budget is only five short of the 133 seats the BN secuured in the 2013 general election.
At the 2013 general election, the BN retained power with a 133-89 majority in the 222-seat parliament.
Of the 89 elected Pakatan MPs in 2013,
- 11 from Pas abstained or were absent for the Budget vote,
- 1 PKR MP voted for the Budget,
- 1 DAP MP was suspended,
- 1 DAP MP was absent,
- 1 DAP seat (Teluk Intan) was lost in a 2014 by-election,
- leaving 74 MPs voting against the Budget.
Now, the BN side is more interesting.
It had 133 MPs after the last general election plus another one when it won the Teluk Intan by-election to make it 134.
But only 128 voted for the Budget. Of this, one was an independent, so that makes it 127 BN MPs voting for the Budget.
134 BN MPs minus 127 BN MPs voting for the Budget gives you seven missing votes.
Who were they? If Najib himself made it a point to attend, why did these BN MPs stay away or not vote for the Budget?