Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob today said that matters pertaining to the 15th general election (GE15) will be among the items discussed at the Cabinet meeting this Wednesday.
He said since there would be a Cabinet meeting before he left for New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly later this week, there was a possibility that the discussion on GE15 could be held before the meeting of the Umno top five as the Cabinet comprises various parties including Umno, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Bersatu.
"We have Bersatu, GPS and Umno representatives in the Cabinet, so we will discuss the matters (of GE15) at the Cabinet (meeting)," he said in Putrajaya.
According to Article 40 (1) of the Federal Constitution, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall act in accordance with the advice of the Cabinet or of a minister acting under the general authority of the Cabinet, except if otherwise provided by the Constitution.
Ismail said he had yet to meet with the Umno top five to discuss GE15.
"At the Barisan National (BN) Youth event (last Saturday), I mentioned that GE15 will be held very soon... but let me meet with the Umno president and top five first," he said.
The Umno top five refers to Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, deputy president Mohamad Hasan and the three vice-presidents: Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Mahdzir Khalid and Ismail himself.
When asked, Ismail said the top five meeting is normally convened before the party’s Supreme Council meeting, with the next scheduled for Sept 30.
"The Supreme Council has set the date for its meeting on the evening of Sept 30. So, maybe we (the top five) will have our meeting in the afternoon," he said.
On former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s call earlier today for GE15 to be held immediately if the prime minister failed to manage the country’s economy, Ismail said the government had a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Mustapa Mohamed, who was in charge of economic affairs.
"In terms of the economy, I have Mustapa with me to manage it, and we also have the National Recovery Council chaired by Muhyiddin himself. So, this is a shared responsibility... if it fails, it means that we all failed, even MPN," he said.