All states that are under Pakatan Harapan administration will not dissolve their state assemblies in the event a snap election is called, the coalition said today.
According to a statement, the Harapan presidential council meeting held this morning decided that the federal and state governments should be focused on helping the people after the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country instead of going for election.
"The presidential council is consistent with our stand that the federal and state governments must focus on helping the rakyat post-Covid-19.
"Thus, we are of the view that if a General Election occurs before the expiry of the five-year term, then the state governments that are under Pakatan Harapan's administration should be continued and not be dissolved," said the statement.
The statement, signed by chiefs of all three parties of Harapan, was released after the council concluded its meeting.
Yesterday, it was reported that Senior Minister (Economic Cluster) Mohamed Azmin Ali said a general election could be held this year or next year.
Quoted by Sinchew Daily, he said that Perikatan Nasional government has met the criteria to call for snap polls anytime.
For the record, Harapan today controls three states, namely Negeri Sembilan, Selangor and Penang, while its ally in the opposition, Warisan, leads the Sabah state government.
It used to helm a total of eight states after winning the 14th general election in 2018. However, a political coup dubbed as the "Sheraton Move" in Feb this year had caused the fall of Harapan as federal administration and led to its fall in four states, namely Johor, Malacca, Perak, and Kedah.
Meanwhile, on another matter, the Harapan presidential council also decided to reject the motions filed by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in parliament to remove Dewan Rakyat speaker Ariff Yusuf and his deputy Nga Kor Ming.
This reiterated earlier statement issued by the coalition's secretariat council where it objected to the motions.