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M'sia state assemblies to dissolve, paving way for simultaneous polls

Published on Apr 3, 2013 5:08 PM
 
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak leaving the Perdana Putra building at 1.10pm after the parliament dissolution on Wednesday. All four opposition-held states are expected to dissolve their state assemblies on Thursday, following the Malaysian Prime Minister's announcement on the dissolution of Parliament on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR: All four opposition-held states are expected to dissolve their state assemblies on Thursday, following the Malaysian Prime Minister's announcement on the dissolution of Parliament on Wednesday.

This will pave the way for simultaneous polls for Malaysia's Parliament and 12 of the 13 state assemblies around the end of April.

Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng said his state executive council "has no problem with having the election at the same time as the general election", according to local media reports.

He is expected to meet with state governor Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas on Thursday morning to seek his assent to dissolve the state assembly, whose seats are mainly held by Mr Lim's Democratic Action Party.

The menteri besar for Selangor, Kelantan and Kedah have also said they will dissolve their assemblies on Thursday.

In a statement on Wednesday, Selangor Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim said a ceremony will be held at 2.30pm on Thursday at the Selangor palace in Klang to dissolve the state assembly.

Kedah menteri besar Azizan Abdul Razak will also seek an audience with Kedah Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah in Kuala Lumpur before returning to the northern state to announce the dissolution.

Kelantan menteri Besar Nik Aziz Nik Mat said the Kelantan state assembly will be dissolved on Thursday following a meeting with other Pakatan Rakyat leaders and audience with Sultan of Kelantan Sultan Muhammad V.

As for the Barisan Nasional-controlled state assemblies, five have been dissolved - Negeri Sembilan, Malacca, Perak, Perlis and Sabah - while Terengganu is expected to be dissolved late on Wednesday.

Negeri Sembilan's assembly term ended automatically on March 28.

Johor is likely to dissolve its assembly later on Wednesday after menteri besar Abdul Ghani Othman moved his executive council meeting to Wednesday from its original schedule of Thursday.

Pahang's dissolution timetable have yet to be announced.

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