PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has hinted that the 15th General Election could happen after Budget 2022 has been tabled, claims Datuk Osman Sapian.
Sinar Harian reported that the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Ayer Hitam division chief said such an impression was given by Muhyiddin during a virtual meeting with Bersatu Johor on June 16.
Osman said GE15 would likely take place when Budget 2022 is completed at the Federal and state levels.
"If the Budget has been passed and announced at the federal level, we will have to look at the states. Otherwise, we will have to wait for the states first. Most likely, the general election will be held at the end of this year, either in November or December, ” said the former Johor mentri besar.
“After all, nothing is impossible because there was a general election before this that was called after the Budget was announced," he added on Monday (June 21).
However, Osman also said that GE15 could be postponed to early next year due to the year-end monsoon season.
He added that GE15 will be called when new Covid-19 case numbers go down as per targets, along with 60% to 80% of the population receiving their vaccinations.
The Kempas assemblyman said that various issues were touched upon during the online meeting chaired by Muhyiddin as the party president, including assistance to the people and measures to address the spread of Covid-19
He also said both Bersatu and Perikatan Nasional have also been instructed to gear up and prepare election materials to be distributed to the various divisions.
"The party is ready at any time to face the general election. The preparation is for us to further strengthen our work and improve. The preparations range from the operations room to basic training and seminars like what’s going to be given to some division chiefs who are still new," he added.