Hamzah: PM must consult Cabinet before asking Agong to dissolve Parliament

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The decision to dissolve Parliament rests with the Agong.

Umno’s stand that the 15th General Election must be held this year because the government is no good and needs a fresh mandate is puzzling, says Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin.

“He (the Prime Minister) has to take the opinion of his Cabinet before making a decision (dissolution) because it is in the Constitution,” said the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) secretary-general.

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“There are those who say that it’s okay because the prime minister is powerful enough to fire everyone for him to make this decision. Never mind, he can fire the ministers who are not from his party. But this will lose him the majority.

“And if he loses the majority, then he can’t advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong — he can only ask,” Hamzah was quoted as saying in reply to a reporter who had asked about Bersatu’s stance on Umno’s top leadership wanting GE15 to be held this year.

Whatever the case, the decision to dissolve Parliament rests with the Agong, he reportedly added.

“So, one has to think long-term. Sometimes, Umno doesn’t think long-term, and that becomes our problem. That is why I put the people and whatever we need to do for them first.

“Let the people comprehend who has been prudent in following the country’s principles. Because we want to put the people first, we determine the country’s purpose and goals,” he was quoted as saying.