Date for GE15 yet to be discussed with Umno's top five, says PM

PM Ismail Sabri Yaakob says he has yet to discuss the date of the upcoming general elections with Umno’s ranking top five. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 11, 2022.

PRIME Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob today said that he had yet to discuss with Umno’s top five the date for the upcoming general elections. 

Umno’s top five referred to its president Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, deputy president Mohamad Hasan, and the three vice-presidents, Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Mahdzir Khalid, and Ismail himself. 

He said only after discussing the matter with the Umno’s top five would he discuss it with MCA and MIC, as well as other component parties in Barisan Nasional (BN). 

 ”... then it has to be tabled to the Cabinet because under the Constitution, I must get the Cabinet’s approval before I go to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah to get His Majesty’s consent for parliament to be dissolved. 

 “That’s the procedure that needs to be observed,” he said in an event at the Bera Umno Complex in Padang Luas today.  

Ismail told BN leaders in the Bera parliamentary constituency to be ready with their election machinery and to meet with the voters to maintain the coalition’s victory in Bera and the Guai and Kemayan state seats, and recapture the Triang state seat.  

Although the date for the upcoming elections was still unknown, it was getting closer, he added and referred to a statement by (UMNO deputy president) Mohamad, who expected it to be held before the end of the year. 

“Now, the Triang seat is given to MCA and MCA has to prove that they can win the seat. It is a challenge for MCA and for all of us to recapture the seat which everybody says will remain with DAP,” he added. 

At the event, the Prime Minister presented contributions to 68 associations and clubs representing the Chinese and Indian communities in the Bera parliamentary constituency. – Bernama, September 11, 2022. 

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