Pakatan states may dissolve assemblies on April 22

Lisa J. Ariffin (FMT)

March 26, 2013

Selangor to convince other Pakatan states to dissolve state assemblies together on April 22 if parliament is not dissolved by then.


PETALING JAYA: The Selangor state government will meet with other Pakatan Rakyat-led states to convince them to dissolve their state legislative assemblies together on April 22.

In a bid to pressure Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to call for the dissolution of Parliament, Selangor Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim hopes that the states of Selangor, Penang, Kedah and Kelantan would dissolve in unison next month.

The Selangor state assembly would automatically dissolve on April 22.

“If the dissolution of parliament is not called by April 22, Selangor’s state assembly would dissolve on that day and we will ask the other Pakatan state governments to do the same,” Khalid told a press conference after attending the federal opposition pact’s leadership council meeting at PKR headquarters here.

“I thought it would be best for Selangor to initiate and we will do it together,” he added.

Asked why wait until April 22 as the Selangor assembly would automatically dissolve then, Khalid said the decision was made so as not to confuse Selangor voters and Malaysians on the possibility of different dates for elections held at state and federal level.

He admitted the other three states have not formally agreed to the proposal and said the idea was still being considered.

The Selangor state assembly mandate ends on April 21, six days prior to Kelantan.

Penang’s DAP-controlled state assembly will automatically dissolve on May 5 while the mandate for PAS-led Kedah expires three days later.

Parliament will automatically dissolve on April 27 and elections must be held 60 days from then.

One thought on “Pakatan states may dissolve assemblies on April 22

  1. Why the MB must say that, anyhow the selangor assembly will dissolve itself if not dissolve. If the mb dare to dissolve he should dissolve now. Don’t blackmail people with his childish threat. I don’t think khalid is competent MB. Azmin is better.

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