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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

N Sembilan state election to take into account haj, festive season - MB

The Negeri Sembilan government will take into account the haj and festive season next year to hold the state election, said Menteri Besar Aminuddin Harun.

He said he would also raise these factors to be discussed by the Pakatan Harapan presidential council.

“There are two possibilities (on when to hold the polls) either before the haj season or after the return of the pilgrims from performing haj," he told reporters at Wisma Negeri today.

Negeri Sembilan, Penang and Selangor, which are under Harapan’s administration, did not dissolve their state legislative assemblies for the state election to be held during the 15th general election last Nov 19, nor did the states under PAS, namely Terengganu, Kelantan and Kedah.

Based on media reports, the state polls in the six states should be held early to avoid clashing with the festive celebration and the Haj season if held after March next year.

For next year, Aidilfitri is expected to be celebrated on April 22, depending on the announcement by Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, while Aidiladha will be on June 29 and the first flight to bring potential pilgrims for the haj pilgrimage is scheduled on May 21.

No talks on cabinet appointments yet

In another development, DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke said no detailed discussions were held yet at the Harapan level on the appointment of cabinet members under the leadership of Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.

DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke

This is because Anwar also has to discuss with other parties such as BN and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), he added.

Anwar was sworn in as prime minister on Nov 24 to lead a unity government consisting of Harapan which has 82 seats, BN (30), GPS (23), Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (six) and other parties.

- Bernama

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