KUCHING (Sept 10): Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing is in favour of seeing the 12th state election and 15th general elections (GE15) being held concurrently.
Reacting to Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah’s suggestions for the simultaneous polls, Masing said he believed that it could help stabilise the ruling coalition, Perikatan Nasional, at the federal level.
“It would be good if PRN12 (12th state election) is held together with GE15, because we need to stabilise federal politics.
“A majority of one or two is not good for the government of the day. (Prime Minister) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin or whoever Malaysians elect needs to have more majority seats to stabilise the administration,” he told The Borneo Post here today.
The state election is due next year while the general election is expected in the next three years.
Masing, who is a deputy chief minister, also felt that it was possible that the state election would be held this year.
However, he was quick to point out that the current term of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly expired in June next year and it was the prerogative of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to call the next state election.
“The final date lies with Sarawak chief minister,” added Masing.
Yesterday, Abdul Karim said the state election would likely be held by the end of this year, adding that the GE15 should be held concurrently with the state polls.
He said if Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin decides to call a snap election, Sarawak should follow and dissolve the State Legislative Assembly for the state polls to be held at the same time.
Abdul Karim pointed out that the difference in seats between the government and the opposition in the Dewan Rakyat was so slim that if an MP were to pass away or defect, it would result in a hung parliament.
Muhyiddin had on Tuesday told Perikatan Nasional parties to ‘work extremely hard as if the election is going to be held tomorrow’.
Malaysia has 222 parliamentary seats with the Perikatan Nasional government holding 113, and the opposition, 109.