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PAS says no need for elections in Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah

It says the assemblies in these states have not yet completed their five-year terms.

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PAS today reiterated that there is no need yet to hold state elections in Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah.

PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said at the central level, the party had also decided not to dissolve the state legislative assemblies in these three states, even if dissolution occurs at the parliamentary level to pave the way for the 15th general election (GE15).

“According the constitution, an assembly has a five-year term starting from the first day of the assembly meeting. If we look at the term from the last general election, it hasn’t even been four years.

“In fact, considering that the country is still battling Covid-19, we feel there is no need for the three states to hold state elections. This was our decision even before the issue of dissolution came up lately,” he told reporters when met at the Kota Bharu parliamentary constituency service centre today.

Takiyuddin, who is also energy and natural resources minister, meanwhile rejected the allegation by Kuala Nerus MP Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali that he was not given the opportunity to air his views on the party.

He said Article 16 of the party’s constitution states that each member has the right to give his opinions and views on the party, including the PAS president.

“It is not true that a PAS member, what’s more a member of the top leadership working committee, was not allowed to give his views on the party as it is assured in the constitution.

“The issue is if we did not attend meetings, how would we give our views? If we attended meetings but did not speak up, how can we say we were not given the space to talk?”

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