Penang govt rules out snap election, to wait for GE


PENANG state government has ruled out the possibility of a snap election as the present administration has the numbers to sustain a stable government.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said with the next general election (GE) being just a little bit more than a year away, there is no need for any snap election.

“We have the numbers to sustain a stable government compared to certain states which have a slim majority that creates an unstable situation. I think that is our main consideration not to have a separate state poll, we will have it concurrently with the national poll or GE,” he told Bernama in Georgetown yesterday.

Chow, who is also Penang DAP chairman, said a snap election is not part of the state government’s plan right now as its focus is to continue serving the people who are struggling due to Covid-19.

“The main consideration is that the need does not arise here and we are able to provide a stable government to the people now,” he quipped when asked to comment on any possibility of snap polls in Penang.

The issue cropped up after Johor is rumoured to be holding it soon following the death of Kempas assemblyman Datuk Osman Sapian on Dec 21, which left the state government with only a one-seat majority in the state assembly.

Penang has 40 state seats, 35 of which are held by Pakatan Harapan comprising DAP with 19 seats, PKR (14) and Parti Amanah Negara (two). Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and Barisan Nasional have two seats each, while PAS has one.

In the span of two years, Malaysia has witnessed three state elections, beginning with Sabah on Sept 26, 2020, Melaka on Nov 20, 2021, and Sarawak on Dec 18, 2021.

Earlier, Chow together with the state’s Environment and Welfare Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh, Tourism and Creative Economy Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin, Youth and Sports Committee chairman Soon Lip Chee, Penang DAP secretary Lim Hui Ying and several Penang state assemblymen visited Penang’s Bernama office to distribute Mandarin oranges in conjunction with the upcoming Chinese New Year celebration.