Snap polls: Harapan states will not dissolve government before term ends

By John Isaac

ALL states that are under the Pakatan Harapan administration will not dissolve their state assemblies in the event a snap election is called, the coalition said today.

According to a statement, the Harapan presidential council meeting held this morning decided that the federal and state governments should be focused on helping the people after the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country instead of going for election.

“The presidential council is consistent with our stand that the federal and state governments must focus on helping the rakyat post-Covid-19.

“Thus, we are of the view that if a General Election occurs before the expiry of the five-year term, then the state governments that are under Pakatan Harapan’s administration should be continued and not be dissolved,” said the statement.

The council also decided to commit to its earlier decision that PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be the coalition’s prime ministerial candidate.

The council said that Anwar now has a full mandate from the coalition to continue discussions with all parties to return the people’s mandate to Harapan.

The meeting also discussed the suggestion to name Warisan president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal as a candidate for the top post.

“The presidential council’s view is that all efforts towards returning the people’s mandate must be carried out with much needed support from all parties.

“As such, the council gives full mandate to Anwar to continue discussions with all parties including Shafie in order to get back the people’s mandate,” said the statement.

The statement, signed by chiefs of all three parties of Harapan, was released after the council concluded its meeting.