No polls for Penang even if PM calls for elections, says CM

Chow Kon Yeow says the Penang government will watch political developments closely in the wake of rumours of a general election soon.

GEORGE TOWN: Penang will not dissolve its state assembly and go to the polls if Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yasin calls for a general election, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said today.

“Most of the state governments are merely about two years old and there is no need to have elections, with the exception of Sabah due to the situation there.

“We will be watching very closely and we will be prepared for any eventuality,” said Chow in a rare comment on politics.

Chow was asked to comment on rumours that Muhyiddin would ask the king to dissolve Parliament soon.

Speculating on the possible dissolution of Parliament, Chow said snap polls could be called concurrently with the Sabah state elections or when the ruling Perikatan Nasional resolved its internal matters.

“There are a lot of factors to consider (before calling for elections). The Covid-19 crisis, the ending of incentives which might lead to economic instability, loss of jobs and (loss of ) businesses would definitely lead to an unfavourable setting for an election.

“The country’s (current) political situation could also be considered unstable, given the turbulence in the PN parties,” he said, adding that Umno appeared to be having a difficult task in resolving seat issues with its coalition partners.

Asked about DAP’s involvement in Sabah and Sarawak, Chow said they would wait to be advised by their local political partners in the states.

“The people of Sabah and Sarawak are hoping for more local parties to play a role in their affairs. As for the DAP contesting there, it will depend on our partners there.

“Politics is the art of the possible. We must be very close to the circumstances before we can make a final decision.”