Senior Minister of Defence, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein at Kementah Camp, Kuala Lumpur. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 06 OCTOBER 2021. Melaka state election PRN
Senior Minister of Defence, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein at Kementah Camp, Kuala Lumpur.PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 06 OCTOBER 2021.Menteri Kanan Pertahanan, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein bercakap pada Majlis Penyerahan Sumbangan Mafi Prihatin Kepada Kementerian Pertahanan Malaysia (MINDEF) di Kem Kementah, Kuala Lumpur. Foto SYAFIQ AMBAK, 06 OKTOBER 2021.

By Mohd Zaini Samsu Hadi

KUALA LUMPUR – The National Security Council (MKN) has been ordered to hold a discussion with the Election Commission (EC) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) on the possibility of having a state election in Melaka.

Senior Minister of Defence, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said that he has issued the order through their weekly meeting.

He said, the EC will determine what needs to be done and bring its suggestion to the senior leader of the country. Nevertheless, issues pertaining to the standard operating procedures (SOP) need to be discussed with the MKN.

“I have instructed MKN to approach relevant quarters, not only EC but also the MOH and involve all stakeholders in our weekly Covid-19 meeting, for whatsoever we decide for Melaka,” he said.

Hishammuddin further said that he would also seek opinion from experts on the effect of Melaka state election.

He also expressed that the downward Covid-19 trend may be interrupted if they don’t make thorough consideration and decide to have an election in Melaka.

“We have gone through the same situation in Sabah and we must consider thoroughly, the effects of holding a state election.

“We don’t want our temporary or current consideration to affect the bigger national agenda, to ensure that the people are safe from the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, the research must also take into factor what we had to go through and face after the Sabah election,” he added.

The Melaka State Assembly was dissolved after four state assemblymen withdrew their support for Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali. – MalaysiaGazette

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