Pahang and Perlis today announced the dissolution of their state legislative assemblies, paving the way for the holding of polls in tandem with the 15th general election (GE15).
In Pahang, Menteri Besar Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said Pahang Regent Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Abdullah had consented to the dissolution, effective today, under Clause (2) Article 26 Part Two of the Pahang constitution.
"Today was chosen to allow the tabling and debate on the state budget for 2023 to be completed first, thus obtaining approval for implementation next year," he was reported as saying at a special press conference at Wisma Sri Pahang.
He said the decision was made for a number of reasons, including to prevent a repeat of the election process within a short period of time.
"Elections that are conducted simultaneously can save costs in various aspects, such as management and operation," he said.
"In addition, the start and end of the terms in parallel between the state and federal governments will facilitate various administrative affairs.
"This will allow the state government to focus on the state's management and development agenda more effectively. Therefore, the state government believes there is a need to also participate in GE15," he said.
Perlis Menteri Besar Azlan Man meanwhile said the dissolution of the state assembly had received the consent of the Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail.
"Hence, the state election will be held simultaneously with GE15 and we will hand over all matters to the Election Commission for the next step," he said.