SEREMBAN: Parliament should not be dissolved anytime soon since holding federal and state elections separately will cost almost RM2bil, says Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun.
The Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar questioned if there was a need to hold elections now as the Parliament's five-year term only ends next year.
"Why rush (to dissolve Parliament) when we are still facing economic problems and expecting floods at the end of the year?" he said, adding that there is no danger of the government collapsing.
He said the funds needed to hold polls separately could be used for other programmes to benefit the people.
"Many of us are thinking about when the general election will be held when we should be thinking of ways to help the people instead," he said.
Prior to this, Aminuddin had said the Negri Sembilan legislative assembly would likely to be dissolved only next year.
He said the leaders of six state governments had agreed to do so during a meeting in March.
Apart from Negri Sembilan, the others were Selangor, Penang. Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.
On Sunday (Sept 25), Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said holding the polls separately would double the cost and would also have an impact on the country's recovery process.
He said holding parliamentary and state elections separately would place the national focus more on politics than on economic recovery.
On another matter, Aminuddin said state authorities had identified 89 flood hotspots in the state.
He said the state administration had also decided that boarding schools and training institutes were preferred as relief centres instead of community halls and schools.
"We want victims to be comfortable after being displaced and we have beds and proper toilets at these facilities.
"We are also encouraging youth to sign up as volunteers so that help can reach victims faster," he said, adding that the state government had also given boats to the Fire and Rescue Department.
Aminuddin said Negri Sembilan, Selangor and Penang governments would meet soon to discuss ways to mutually cooperate during the floods.
"If we are not affected, we will see how we can help them and vice versa," he added.