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Why does Sabah need snap election, asks Guan Eng

 | January 26, 2017

Penang CM slams the hypocrisy of those in BN who had criticised the need for a snap election in Penang last year, but are now supporting early polls in Sabah.

FMT,-KL,-Malaysia,-Penang,-Lim-Guan-Eng,-Sabah,-snap-election,-Barisan-Nasional,-general-election,-GE14BUTTERWORTH: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today questioned the need to call for a snap election in Sabah.

Calling for Barisan Nasional (BN) to explain the reason, Lim said snap elections should be called only if it was in the interest of the people or on principles like justice, and not for political or personal interests.

“I am surprised that BN has plans for snap polls in Sabah. Of course they have the right to have their snap election, but why do they want it? What is the excuse?

“Just to win more seats? That is for political or personal interest, not for the people’s interest. If it is over a crucial issue, like an external terror threat, then fine,” he said at a press conference at the Seberang Prai Municipal Council in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam today.

Lim was commenting on reports that Sabah might hold a snap state election as early as April.

The Star, quoting a source, reported that BN chairman Prime Minister Najib Razak had given the nod for the proposal but had asked for an evaluation report on all 60 state seats before making a final decision.

It was also reported that analysts believe BN would likely win more seats if the state polls were held ahead of the general election.

Lim said BN was practising double standards in this matter because when Penang, which is controlled by Pakatan Harapan, wanted to have a snap state election last year, the state government was heavily criticised.

“We want to ask why you have double standards. We wanted one for Penang but you slammed us. Now you want to have one, no problem.

“Hypocrites. To them, black can be white and white can be black,” he said.

Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, was slapped with two corruption charges in June last year in relation to his purchase of a bungalow in Penang.

To gauge public sentiment on Lim’s leadership and trust in the Pakatan Harapan government, leaders in the state mulled a snap election but it did not materialise.

Apart from not getting support from its Pakatan Harapan partner PKR, the snap poll was also criticised by some BN politicians as wasteful.


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