KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Barisan Nasional has still not decided whether to go ahead with early state elections or hold them simultaneously with the general election.
Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman said they were looking at all possibilities for the timing of the state elections, which were due by March next year.
“It is whether to hold it early or simultaneously (with the general election). There is no decision on it,” Musa said after presenting Shell scholarships and bursary awards to students here yesterday.
Musa said the issue of preparation and dates for the elections were discussed when he made his first official call as chief minister on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
Musa, who took over as Chief Minister on March 27, said that a decision on the dates for the state elections would be done with consultation and consent of the national leaders.
“We are ready to hold it anytime now till March,” he said, adding that Sabah Umno and all Barisan parties were gearing for the elections that would see the state seats at stake increased from 48 to 60 under new electoral boundaries.
Musa said the move by three local parties – Parti Bersekutu, Setia and Pasok – to form a pact to take on Barisan was not a serious threat to the coalition's chances of securing maximum majority in the state elections.
He added that besides discussing the elections, he had briefed Dr Mahathir on his cabinet and the direction he would be taking in governing the state.