Ruling Parties Split Over Selangor Snap Election

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Selangor state government is in disarray over whether to hold a snap state election earlier or otherwise, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

Salleh said Barisan Nasional (BN) was prepared to contest if the state government wanted to hold its election earlier.

“But what is important, they (DAP and PKR), could not agree on the issue,” he told reporters after opening KL Converge! 2016 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here today.

Salleh said this when asked to comment on the Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali’s recent statement that the state government would not hold the election earlier despite a call by DAP.

On the redelineation of electoral boundaries of constituencies in the peninsula and Sabah which was seen as favouring BN, he said even BN component parties did not agree with the review.

“The Election Commission (EC) is an independent body…let them do their work (redelineation study). One month is provided for those who are unhappy with the exercise to submit their objections.

“Definitely the process of listening to complaints will be transparent and certainly all will be considered, at the end of the day we will see what will be the decision from Election Commission,” he said.

Commenting on the move by former UMNO vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal to take over a political party in Sabah to contest in the coming general election, Salleh said it would not threaten the position of UMNO in Sabah.

Today, Shafie visited the office of the Registrar of Societies (ROS) in Putrajaya to apply for a change to the name of a party and its logo, he however declined to name the party concerned.

According to the former cabinet minister, the multiracial political party was established in 2013. – BERNAMA