BN prepared for Selangor snap polls

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KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional is prepared for snap polls in Selangor, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak.

“The matter of Selangor snap polls does not arise at the moment. It’s up to the ruling parties in Selangor,” Salleh told reporters here today.

“As we can see now, they themselves (the Opposition), are not in agreement on the matter. DAP thinks it has to be dissolved, but the menteri besar says it is unnecessary.

“Among themselves, they are not together on the issue.

“As far as we are concerned, we are ready for snap elections. We will compete.”

Selangor PKR Deputy Chairperson Zuraida Kamaruddin today announced the party had unanimously agreed to reject any efforts to hold snap elections in the state.

“Selangor PKR reiterates it will not betray the mandate of the Selangor voters given in the 13th General Election.

“Therefore, Selangor PKR rejects all efforts by various parties to push for snap polls.”

Pakatan Harapan partner DAP had earlier recommended snap polls be called to preempt the redelineation exercise that many have criticised as being heavily in favour of BN.

Commenting on the redelineation, Salleh said certain parties from the government had lodged complaints to the Electoral Commission (EC).

“Some component parties from the government have lodged complaints. Umno itself, as the ruling party, will lodge some complaints to EC.

“The EC is an independent body and must be allowed to conduct its business.

“We have one month to lodge our dissatisfaction. The process of listening to complaints will be transparent; certainly all will be considered. We’ll see what the decision is.”

On former Umno Vice-President Shafie Apdal’s new Sabah-based multiracial party, Salleh said Sabah Umno was fully prepared to compete with it.

Salleh, who is also Sabah Umno liaison committee deputy chairman, said it was Shafie’s right to form a political party.

Shafie had this morning submitted to the Registrar of Societies (RoS) a change in leadership as well as logo of an existing party. He did not name the party.

“The people will decide in the end. To this day, we see that Sabah Umno is still strong and is not facing any major problems.

“We, however, welcome the new party to join and compete with us in Sabah.

“We will show that Umno’s aim to bring political stability to the state will succeed.

“Sabah Umno wants to step up development in the state. There is no reason the people of Sabah will not be with Sabah Umno.”