KUALA LUMPUR: State governments under Pakatan Harapan reserve the right not to dissolve their assemblies even though the Federal Government is dissolved for a snap election, says Tan Sri Annuar Musa (pic).
The Barisan Nasional secretary-general said although it was customary for the Mentri Besar to seek an audience with the state ruler for the dissolution of the assembly, this was not necessary.
"If the Mentri Besar chooses not to follow suit, then the state assembly will not be dissolved.
"There is nothing wrong because the Federal Constitution allows them to do so," said the Ketereh MP, adding that the move was subject to the consent of the state's ruler.
He was responding to a statement by Pakatan's presidential council that it would not seek to dissolve their state assemblies should snap polls be called at the federal level.
The Federal Territories Minister was speaking to reporters after his visit to Jalan Munshi Abdullah on Tuesday (July 7) with his deputy Datuk Seri Dr Edmund R. Santhara Kumar and mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan.
On the subject of the premiership, the minister said the matter had been discussed by Muafakat Nasional, which had stated its support for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
"As part of the Perikatan Nasional government, we will continue to support the Prime Minister.
"Should a snap polls be called in the near future, we will back him," said Annuar, adding that both him and PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan had been mandated by the Muafakat Nasional secretariat to engage Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.
Recently, Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Umno MPs and their Barisan colleagues would defend Muhyiddin from attempts to wrest the premiership from him.
Annuar also called for the endless politicking to stop so that focus could be given to issues affecting the people.
"Our task now is to stabilise the country with a strong mandate because there is a lot of work that needs to be done for the rakyat," he said.
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