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Govt ready to hold GE15 if PN withdraws support, says Ismail
Published on: Saturday, August 06, 2022
By: FMT, Anne Muhammad
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Govt ready to hold GE15 if PN withdraws support, says Ismail
Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob says a general election must be called if Perikatan Nasional withdraws its support for the administration.
SERDANG: The government is prepared to hold the next general election (GE15) if Perikatan Nasional (PN) withdraws its support for the administration, says Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

“If the (PN) support is withdrawn, then the general election must be called,” he told reporters at the launch of the 2022 Malaysian Agriculture, Horticulture and Agro Tourism Exhibition here today.

Ismail, who is an Umno vice-president, said the government was prepared for any scenario but had yet to determine a suitable date for the polls.

Pressed further, the prime minister said he could only take action if a party officially withdrew its support for the government.

“At the moment, there seems to be only one or two dissenting voices,” he added.

There has reportedly been increasing tension between the prime minister and PN with the coalition voicing its disappointment last week over Ismail’s failure to fulfil promises he made to the coalition.

PN secretary-general Hamzah Zainudin said the coalition had decided to send a delegation to meet Ismail. This came amid revelations that Ismail signed an agreement with the Muhyiddin Yassin-led coalition before his appointment as the ninth prime minister in August last year.

One of the terms under the memorandum of agreement between Ismail and PN was for the appointment of a deputy prime minister from Bersatu.

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