GEORGE TOWN: A state PAS leader says he opposes local council elections in Penang, arguing that it would cause an imbalance in racial participation in governing and managing the economy.
State Youth information chief Ustaz Hanif Haron said this was not at all in line with the aspirations of the majority of the people who wanted a fair and harmonious atmosphere.
He said this in response to a statement by Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin in the Dewan Rakyat that there were no plans to hold council elections at the moment as the matter was still under study by the government.
"The study will cover a three-year period, with the findings brought to the Cabinet and Parliament for approval by mid-2021," she added.
Zuraida was responding to a question raised by Wong Hon Wai (PH-Bukit Bendera) in Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (July 14).
"It is common knowledge that local government elections invite more harm than good, and therefore it was suspended in 1964," said Hanif.
"Penang PAS Youth also rejects any attempt to re-create this election, especially in Penang through the Local Government Election Enactment (Penang and Seberang Prai) 2012, as it is contrary to Section 15 of the Local Government Act 1976 as decided by the Federal Court.
"Do not drag people into the political arena in a city where they should live in harmony and share their wealth together.
"At this time, it is not a good idea to hold such an election. I hope the Federal Government can prioritise uniting Malaysians," he said.
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