Gadek by-election talk making its round in Melaka

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  • Sunday, 16 Feb 2020

MELAKA: Speculation is making its round on a possible by-election in Gadek, following a working visit by Datuk Seri Najib Razak to the state constituency.

The former prime minister was there meeting people at various locations.

Currently, Gadek assemblyman G. Saminathan is being held for alleged links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Melaka legislative assembly deputy speaker Datuk Dr Wong Fort Pin said any decision to vacate the seat would only be reached during the assembly sitting next month.

He said that under the Elections Act 1958, the state seat could be declared vacant if the representative fails to attend the state assembly for a period of six months without applying for leave.

“In the case of Saminathan, he applied for leave to be absent from the previous sitting last December, ” he said.

Dr Wong said he was aware that such talk had been circulating for some time now.

“It is similar to speculation that Melaka will get a new chief minister, which has been going around since last year, ” he added.

Dr Wong said it was not easy to replace a serving chief minister.

“For now, it is hard to predict but there are probably some detractors working closely with the Opposition in an attempt to oust the state government.

“We will continue to serve the voters without getting distracted with such talk, ” he added.

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