Why the rush for GE? Hamzah asks Umno

KOTA KINABALU: Umno's stand that the 15th General Election must be held this year because the government is no good and needs a fresh mandate is puzzling, says Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin (pic).

"He (the Prime Minister) has to take the opinion of his Cabinet before making a decision (dissolution) because it is in the Constitution," said the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) secretary-general.

"Some people say.., it's okay because the PM is in power, he can fire all of these people (against dissolution) for him to make a decision.

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"If he fires the other ministers (not from Umno), it means that he has lost his majority in Parliament. He can't advise the Agong anymore but he can only request for dissolution and it is up to the King to decide," he added.

Hamzah said that he is puzzled by Umno's stand on the dissolution as calling for elections is usually done at the end of a Parliament's term.

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"There is a government that exists today, it should continue until the end of its term but if Umno says no because it is no good.

"They say the government is not good and is led by an Umno PM himself, that's why they are pushing for an election, which means Umno wants the people to appoint a new government, no more PM from Umno because they can't find a new Umno PM.

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"What is their aim and goal? I don't know. What is important in the Constitution saying that the PM can advise the King to dissolve after discussing with Cabinet," he said

The Home Minister said previously, the Prime Minister was from the dominant party (Barisan Nasional) and as such he could unilaterally advise the King to dissolve Parliament.

He added that the current Prime Minister's majority was from the support of various parties and he should seek advice from his Cabinet members represented by other parties, saying that the current government is focused on improving people's livelihood.

Hamzah said this when speaking to reporters at the launching of the Home Ministry's Sabah leg of the "Kita Demi Rakyat" programme at the Likas Sports Complex here launched by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor on Sunday (Oct 2).

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