Perikatan holds Election Bureau meeting


Early preparations: Azmin (left) and Perikatan component party election directors leaving after the Election Bureau meeting in Putrajaya.

PETALING JAYA: Perikatan Nasional component members held its Election Bureau meeting in Putrajaya which was chaired by Senior Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

Azmin, who is also the International Trade and Industry Minister, said the meeting on Wednesday night was attended by the election directors of the component members of the coalition.

“The meeting was attended by the respective election directors within Perikatan – PAS, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, STAR, SAPP and Gerakan, ” he posted on Twitter yesterday.

Also posted were photos of several leaders at the meeting, including Kedah Mentri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor, Bersatu vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee and Gerakan president Datuk Dominic Lau Hoe Chai.

Azmin, who is the Selangor Perikatan liaison chief, said during the meeting, it was decided that cooperation should be strengthened through closer election work to garner the support of the people.

“The election structure for each state will immediately be formed to reflect Perikatan’s image that embraces the spirit of diversity and harmony, ” he said.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin previously expressed his commitment in seeing the general election through once the Covid-19 pandemic has been brought under control.

Analysts have also speculated that a snap general election might be held as early as in the middle of this year once the Covid-19 pandemic eases.

On Wednesday, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah decreed that Parliament could convene during the current state of emergency.

Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the King’s view was that Parliament could be convened on a date deemed appropriate by His Majesty, upon the advice of the Prime Minister.

He said the King, in an audience granted to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun and Dewan Negara president Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim, had stressed that Malaysia practised democracy based on the Federal Constitution and the Executive, Judiciary and Parliament must adhere to these principles.

The King had earlier proclaimed a state of emergency nationwide from Jan 12 to Aug 1 as a proactive measure to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

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