Sarawak CM to Meet Agong on Dissolution of State Assembly, Says GPS Leader | Malaysia
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KUCHING, May 15 – Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg will seek an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the occasion of the dissolution of the Sarawak State Assembly, the Secretary General revealed today of Gabungan Party Sarawak (GPS) Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi.
He said the dissolution of the state assembly would come on a date to be decided by the Agong in consultation with Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud.
“The Chief Minister had an audience with the Governor and informed him that under the Constitution of Sarawak, the term of the current state assembly would end on June 6 of this year, which is five years. after the date of the first meeting on June 7, 2016., after the 2016 state election.
“However, this provision of the state constitution has no effect under the Emergency Ordinance 2021,” Nanta told reporters after attending the GPS Supreme Council meeting chaired by Abang Johari.
He said it was up to the Agong to decide on the date it deemed appropriate to hold the national elections.
“We have full confidence and confidence in the wisdom of the king and the governor to decide on this matter,” he said.
He said that during the Covid-19 pandemic, the health of the population is paramount.
“The decision to hold national elections during the pandemic is risky and we may not want to be seen as putting people’s lives in danger,” he said, adding that national elections are not in the process. spirit of the state government because Covid -19 Pandemic is a serious threat to people’s lives.
Nanta, who is also a member of parliament from Kapit, said the GPS leadership knew the state assembly’s term would end on June 6 this year.
“Under normal circumstances, it would have been dissolved for the return of the people’s mandate to democratically elect their government in an election.
“But we are under a Covid-19 health pandemic emergency until August 1, 2021,” he said.
Barisan Nasional State, led by former chief minister the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem, won 72 of the 82 seats to be won in the state elections on May 7, 2016, while Pakatan Harapan (PH) is made up of the State DAP, PKR and the Amanah Party. Negara (Amanah) won the remaining 10 seats.
After the 2018 general elections, the parties that formed the Barisan Nasional state left the national coalition to form the GPS.