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PH national leadership to decide on state polls for PH-led states

Publish date: Tue, 06 Dec 2022, 03:10 PM

GEORGE TOWN: Pakatan Harapan states, including Penang, are looking at the end of the current tenure before holding joint state elections.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said based on informal discussions, PH states, which also include Selangor and Negeri Sembilan, were of course looking at the end of the tenure before holding state polls.

"This will take into consideration the Chinese New Year holiday, fasting month, Raya Aidilfitri, Raya Haji and also the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination. So the next window is most likely in May, June.

"As I said, this involves informal discussions, looking at the calender," he told newsmen here today. 

He was asked if PH states had any plans to hold state polls now, similar to Pas-led states.

Last week, Perikatan Nasional's (PN) Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim had said that Pas-led state governments should call state elections soon to capitalise on the strong support for the coalition in the 15th general election (GE15).

Pas Terengganu had backed the Arau member of parliament's suggestion.

Its election director Ariffin Deraman said the time to hold state elections in Terengganu, Kelantan, and Kedah was right to leverage on the "wave" of public support for PN as seen during the general election.

Chow said this question would be referred to the PH national leadership for the three PH states to decide when they would call the state election.

Pressed if the time was right to have state polls, he said: "It's a decision entirely up to them (PH national leadership) to decide".

Chow was also asked about Barisan Nasional's status in the state, to which he replied there had not been any discussion on the matter.

"We are still recovering from the general election. They (BN) are still considered as opposition (in the state)," he added.

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