KUALA LUMPUR (April 6): Five states have announced that their respective state legislative assemblies will be dissolved tomorrow in line with Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s announcement that the Parliament will be dissolved on Saturday, April 7, to pave the way for the 14th General Election (GE14).
Sabah was the first state to announce the dissolution it its state assembly, followed by Perlis, Melaka, Johor and Negeri Sembilan, to enable the general election to be held simultaneously at the State and Parliamentary levels.
The Prime Minister announced the dissolution at his office in the Perdana Putra Building here today, in a departure from the norm whereby the announcement and dissolution would take place on the same day.
In KOTA KINABALU, Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman told a press conference at his official residence in Sri Gaya that he had received the consent to dissolve the Sabah State Assembly from Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin at 2.30 pm at Istana Negeri.
In KANGAR, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man also announced the dissolution after the Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail gave his consent.
In JOHOR BHARU, Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar had given his consent for the Johor State Assembly to be dissolved tomorrow.
In a statement uploaded on the Sultan’s official Facebook page, Sultan Ibrahim said he had signed the instrument of dissolution of the Johor State Assembly to pave the way for GE14.
In SEREMBAN, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan announced the dissolution of the Negeri Sembilan State Assembly after receiving consent from the Yang Dipertuan Besar Tuanku Muhriz Almarhum Tuanku Munawir.
In MELAKA, the Melaka State Assembly will be dissolved tomorrow after Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron received the consent and signature of the Melaka Yang Dipertua Negeri Melaka Tun Dr Mohd Khalil Yaakob on the instrument of dissolution of the State Assembly.
As for SELANGOR, an official dissolution ceremony of the Selangor State Assembly is scheduled to be held at 10.30 am in the Balai Dewan Diraja, Istana Alam Shah, Klang, on Monday, April 9.
A palace source said the date was set upon consent by Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
Meanwhile, for KEDAH, PERAK and PAHANG, the three Menteris Besar are scheduled to have an audience with their respective Sultans tomorrow to get the Sultans’ consent to dissolve the state assemblies.
For three other states, namely TERENGGANU, KELANTAN and PENANG, heads of the state governments are also scheduled to seek an audience with their respective Sultans and Yang Dipertua soon.
Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman is scheduled to have an audience with Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin on Wednesday (April 11) to get the Sultan’s consent to dissolve the State Assembly.
Meanwhile, Menteri Besar Kelantan Datuk Ahmad Yakob said he would have an audience with the Regent of Kelantan Dr Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra tonight to seek the consent of His Royal Highness for the dissolution of the assembly.
A press conference on the outcome will be held at noon tomorrow.
The DAP-led Penang government will hold a meeting of its state executive council before deciding the date for the dissolution of the State Assembly.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the date for the meeting will be announced later.