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Letter delivered to King expressing PN's view about monsoon polls

Publish date: Thu, 06 Oct 2022, 03:01 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Pas deputy president Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man has confirmed that a letter sent by ministers from Perikatan Nasional was delivered to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah yesterday.

It is learnt that the letter was delivered to oppose holding the 15th General Election (GE15) this year due to the expected monsoon floods.

"Yes, a letter was sent yesterday. The letter expressed PN's view about holding the election during the monsoon season."

He said this after a briefing visit with the King here today. 

Sources said the letter, dated Oct 3, was received by the palace on Oct 5 and were signed by 12 ministers from PN, namely Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and Pas.

The sources said the cabinet was not unanimous in dissolving Parliament.

It added that the letter expressed the ministers' disagreement about holding the election this year as the Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) had forecasted a severe monsoon.

Earlier, Tuan Ibrahim, who is environment and water minister, held a special visit for Al-Sultan Abdullah at the National Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre for the latest developments on the country's weather.

The visit included a briefing with the Irrigation and Drainage Department and MetMalaysia.

Present were Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali and Environment and Water secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang.

In PUTRAJAYA, Bersatu vice-president Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin also confirmed that Perikatan Nasional ministers have sent a letter to the Yang di-Pertuan stating their objection for the GE15 to be called so soon.

Radzi said their letter that was sent yesterday urged the King not to consider having the GE15 in the nearest time if the proposal to dissolve the Dewan Rakyat was presented to him.

"It is an inappopriate time to hold the GE15. We want to focus on matters related to the wellbeing of the people.

"The rakyat is our priority," he said at 'A Decade of National Language In Education Sector' celebrations.

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