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PH to discuss Penang DAP request to dissolve state assembly

DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke Siew Fook says the people of Penang prefer the state election to be held at the same time as GE15.

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DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke Siew Fook (centre) with other members of the central executive committee at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur last night. Photo: Bernama
DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke Siew Fook (centre) with other members of the central executive committee at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur last night. Photo: Bernama

The request by Penang DAP for a review of the decision not to dissolve the state legislative assembly to make way for the 15th general election (GE15) will be discussed at the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Presidential Council meeting today, says DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke Siew Fook.

Loke said there were several reasons for the legislative assembly to be dissolved, including the view of the Penang public who want the state election to be held simultaneously with GE15.

He said the issue had been discussed in depth last night, and that it would be brought to PH Presidential Council meeting for discussion.

"They (the people of Penang) refuse to go out to vote twice, which is a view that is widely broadcast through the media in the state... that's a factor we need to take into account," he said at a press conference after the party’s central executive committee (CEC) meeting last night.

The state DAP committee would be given until Oct 17 to submit the names of candidates to be fielded in GE15, he said, adding that the meeting had also decided that all state DAP conventions would be postponed and held after GE15 except for Pahang which will take place this Sunday.
 
"This Sunday (Oct 16), the Pahang DAP convention will still be held and I will represent the CEC to open the convention and launch the state-level election machinery," he said.

When asked if DAP would cooperate with Pejuang in GE15, Loke said they had not received any application for cooperation.

He said DAP's focus now was on strengthening the party, and that it was still considering collaboration with the Malaysian Democratic Alliance Party (Muda) and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM).

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