The power grab among politicians continued despite all the happenings in the country right now. After Johor’s state government was dissolved due to a razor-thin majority, there were rumours of the Kedah state assembly to be dissolved too.
On 1 February, the Barisan Nasional (BN) election director Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, also known as Tok Mat, said there is no need for the Kedah state assembly to be dissolved to make way for yet another state election.
He said this in MCA’s Chinese New Year celebration when being asked about the rumours in Kedah, where UMNO only hold 2 out of 34 seats. Tok Mat said he has not heard any move to force a state election as what happened in Melaka and Johor.
“If anything happens in Kedah don’t blame me, but for now I’m hearing nothing,”
“And for me, there is no need for a state election now. We should not play with the elections unless there is an important need.” he was quoted saying by Malay Mail.
Tok Mat also said the situation in Kedah is also different from Melaka and Johor, where state elections were held as BN no longer commands a majority. He also used Melaka as an example, where 4 assemblymen left BN to wipe out the majority.
“Recently, when one BN member was positive for Covid-19, almost two Bills or motions in the assembly could not be approved, so that the Speaker had to use the Speaker’s vote to approve the Bill.”
“So, this can’t happen. The government cannot always be threatened,” he said.
Commenting on the state election in Johor, he said the coalition is currently in talks to select their candidates and finalise the seats.
“BN will contest in all 56 seats. But in BN we have two or three parties so we will divide the seats as best we can,” he said.
The Kedah Menteri Besar is currently from PAS, but PAS has recently severed its ties with UMNO to work with Perikatan Nasional and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia in Johor.