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Malaysia’s Parliament Is Dissolved To Make Way For General Elections

Malaysia’s Parliament Is Dissolved To Make Way For General Elections

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the Election Commission will decide the dates of the nomination, campaign period, and election date.

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the dissolution of the 14th Parliament of Malaysia on Monday (10 October), after which elections must be held within the next 60 days.

According to the Bera MP, he had an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, yesterday, to seek the dissolution of the Parliament.

“In line with Article 40(2)(b) and 55(2) of the Federal Constitution, the Yang di-Petuan Agong agreed with my request for the Parliament to be dissolved,” Ismail said in a live telecast announcement in Putrajaya today.

He also said that he had advised all state governments except Sarawak, Sabah, Johor and Melaka to dissolve their state legislative assembly together with the Parliament.

This, said Ismail, in order not to burden the rakyat as well as to save the government from spending further for separate elections.

“The dates of the nomination, campaign period and the date of the election will be decided by the Election Commission.”

Ismail said that among the reasons for the election is to return the power to the people as the current government had been deemed as a ‘backdoor government’ by its detractors.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. (Credit: Firdaus Latif/Malay Mail)

This is all happening despite the 2023 Budget having yet to be passed in Dewan Rakyat.

Last Friday, Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz tabled the 2023 Budget in Dewan Rakyat, announcing an allocation of RM372.3 billion, an increase of RM40.2 billion compared to the previous year, making it the biggest budget so far in the nation’s history.

Due to the timing of the dissolution, Budget 2023 will be the second budget tabled by the Malaysian government that will only be voted on by MPs after a general election is called.

Similarly, Budget 2000 was also passed after the 1999 General Election was called.

The budget was tabled on 29 October 1999 but the Parliament was dissolved on 11 November, while the election was held on 29 November the same year. Budget 2000 was only re-tabled on 25 February 2000.

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