KUCHING (Sept 9): Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah believes that the general election should be held simultaneously with the Sarawak polls, adding that it is likely that the state election will be held by the end of this year.
The Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu vice president said if Prime MInister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin decides to call a snap election first, Sarawak should also dissolve the State Assembly for the state polls to be held at the same time.
“Both the state and general election should be held simultaneously due to the current political situation in the country with the (federal) government having a slim majority (in Parliament),” he told reporters here.
He was asked to comment on Muhyiddin’s call on Perikatan Nasional parties yesterday to “work extremely hard as if the election is going to be held tomorrow.”
Abdul Karim pointed out that the difference in seats in the Dewan Rakyat between the government and the opposition was so slim that if a parliamentarian passed away or defects, there could be a hung parliament.
He said it was likely that Sarawak would hold its polls by the end of this year due to “many events going on in the state” next year, although he did not specify what the events were.
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