PORT KLANG: Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin (pic) claims he is more concerned about national security than the possibility of a general election taking place soon.
"For me, I am just a normal Home Minister who is taking care of the security and safety of the people.
"To me, if elections are near or further away in time, that is not my agenda.
"My main agenda is that the people are confident of the leadership of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the Perikatan Nasional government which has a stronger coalition that the previous government," said Hamzah.
"I do not know about a pending general election because I am not a senior minister.
"Probably that is (being discussed) among the senior ministers and the Prime Minister," said Hamzah who denied any knowledge of a general election as hinted by Senior Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali on Saturday (July 4).
Hamzah, who is also the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) secretary-general, said this after witnessing the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) receive two new patrol crafts on Monday (July 6) in the government's initiative to make Malaysian coastal security as good as international coast guards.
The patrol crafts were received by MMEA director-general Admiral Datuk Mohd Zubil Mat Som.
On the issue of registering the Perikatan coalition with the Registrar of Societies before the next general election, Hamzah said that it is in the works.
"The registration of Perikatan is still in the plans.
"Perikatan has parties which have their own constitutions and their own issues, we hope the parties can solve their issues as quickly as possible," said Hamzah.
On July 4, Azmin, the International Trade and Industry Minister, was quoted as saying in a Sin Chew Daily report that the Perikatan government led by Muhyiddin had what it takes to call for a general election anytime, as it had overcome political, economic, and public health crises.
He had also said the 15th General Election could be held this year or next year.
"What's more important is for all parties to be fully ready and united in facing the polls," he had said during the Penggerak Komuniti Negara (PKN) dinner in Johor Baru.
Rumours of a looming general election have been making the rounds as party leaders from both the ruling and opposition coalitions say that they are preparing their grassroots machineries for a snap election anytime.