JOHOR BARU: Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) deputy president Datuk Salahuddin Ayub says the Johor state assembly, and not Parliament, should be dissolved first.
In a Facebook post on Friday (June 26), the Pulai MP and Simpang Jeram assemblyman said lately, many Umno leaders had been urging Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to dissolve Parliament and call for a general election.
“Since they are passionate about having an election, I challenge them to start such a step in Johor.
“Since they mentioned the country’s political instability as an excuse to hold an election, this move should start in Johor due to the political problem in the state, ” he said.
He added that Umno and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia should not waste time.
On Thursday (June 25), Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hassan said Muhyiddin should take a cue from his Singapore counterpart and call for a general election to allow the people to choose a new government.
He said the Perikatan Nasional government needed to do this immediately as the country faced a never-seen-before level of political instability post-Merdeka.
Earlier this month, Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar issued a stern warning to all elected representatives to stop politicking or he would dissolve the state assembly.
On Feb 28, state Umno and Barisan Nasional chief Datuk Hasni Mohammad was sworn in as the 18th Johor Mentri Besar following the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan-led state government.
The present Perikatan Nasional state government holds a simple majority with 29 seats, compared to Pakatan Harapan, which has 27 seats.
Umno has 14 seats, Bersatu 11, MIC (two), PAS (one), plus one independent, while Pakatan’s seats are through DAP (14), Amanah (nine) and PKR (four).