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Govt stable, no need to dissolve Parliament, says Annuar

The communications and multimedia minister brushes aside calls for the 15th general election to be held now.

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The Putra Pedrana building in Putrajaya which houses the Prime Minister's Office.
The Putra Pedrana building in Putrajaya which houses the Prime Minister's Office.

The government led by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob is a stable administration due to the support of all parties including the opposition, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Annuar Musa.

Therefore, he said, there was no urgent need to dissolve Parliament now to enable the 15th general election to be held.

“This government is the most stable government, out there (many) do not understand that this government is a government also supported by the opposition.

“This government can get two-thirds of the support (involving) the interests of the people, the proof is that we have amended the constitution and there will be possibly more constitutional amendments made jointly,” he said at a press conference after attending an event at the Kelantan Information Department in Kota Bharu yesterday.

The Ketereh MP said that leading a strong and stable government, Ismail wanted to continue focusing on an agenda that could benefit the people.

“But there are attempts to potray this government as unstable, (that) this government needs to be dissolved, (that) this government must call for elections and so on although these are two different worlds altogether.

“This is a stable government. Don’t talk about the party, I’m talking about government matters so this government can be maintained, (have) enough support. There are two-thirds (support) and don’t forget this government is also governed based on the MoU (memorandum of understanding) on ​​stability and transformation signed between the government and PH (Pakatan Harapan),” he said.

Annuar said several parties outside the pact apart from PH had also expressed support for the government.

“Regarding the MoU between the government and the opposition, it should be understood that the MoU has clearly stated in black and white that it is effective from the date of signing until the 14th Parliament is dissolved.

“There are still many out there who do not understand. Some are claiming it (MoU) is going to be extended, a MoU 2.0 is to be signed and calling for a stop to that when, in fact, such matters do not arise.

“The understanding between the government and PH (is intact). As long as both parties do not change the stand agreed on in the MoU, its contents will continue to be in force and are binding on both the government and PH,” he said.

Asked whether the Ismail-led government should bow to pressure and advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to dissolve Parliament and pave the way for GE15, Annuar replied that the dissolution of Parliament for the last general election was not due to pressure.

“The Cabinet has to decide if it feels it has the mandate and that it’s time to dissolve (Parliament). The Cabinet and prime minister can only advise, but the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has the prerogative in this.

“So far, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has commanded us (government) to go on working. His Majesty did not ask us to indulge in politicking but in fact, to reduce politicking. This government will uphold the command of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.”