Umno not the only one asking for early GE15, says Zahid


PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi seems to have found an ally in his call for the 15th General Election to be held as soon as possible.

This is after former Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said that GE15 should have been called some time ago.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday (June 28), the Umno president said the party was not the only one calling for a fresh mandate.

“Abdul Rashid had said it was long overdue as the present government was not a stable one with various characters and parties which is not good for the country," he said.

Abdul Rashid in an interview on Monday (June 27) had said the present government was not a democratically elected one by the people but rather a 'palace government', although it was constitutionally legitimate.

Ahmad Zahid echoed Abdul Rashid's statement and said even those who were not in Umno wanted the Dewan Rakyat to be dissolved.

He also praised Abdul Rashid, a former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia vice-president, for honestly stating his stand, saying the EC chairman has 30 years of experience.

Speculation on an early GE15 has been rife following calls by top Umno leaders at the Barisan Nasional convention earlier this month.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has remained coy about the dates.

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