Hold GE15 soon, Tok Mat tells PM

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If it was up to him, Mohamad Hasan would call for nationwide polls to be held tomorrow, citing the “feel good factor” after BN won 21 of the 28 seats it vied for in the Melaka elections.

The prime minister has been encouraged to call for the 15th general election to be held soon as the people are seemingly siding with Barisan Nasional, Mohamad Hasan said following the coalition’s win at the Melaka polls.

Mohamad, who is BN deputy chairman, said he had spoken to Ismail Sabri Yaakob about hastening the general election, Sinar Harian reported.

“Like it or not, we should hold the GE15 in July as the MoU (memorandum of understanding) with the opposition expires then.

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“The political dynamic isn’t static and changes every day and we need to give it (a general election) serious thought on whether we want to hold it soonest or wait till the term ends,” he was quoted by the Malay daily as saying.

Mohamad, who is better known as Tok Mat, said if it was up to him, he would call for the nationwide polls to be held tomorrow, citing the “feel good factor” after BN won 21 of the 28 seats it vied for in the state elections.

Meanwhile, Utusan Malaysia reported Mohamad as saying that Umno was still open to working with PAS via Muafakat Nasional (MN) despite being able to win elections on its own based on last night’s results.

PAS chose to contest under the Perikatan Nasional banner — leading to talk that the political alliance it forged with Umno was dead — and did not win in any of the eight seats it contested.

Mohamad, who is also Umno deputy president, said when it came to MN’s future, the ball was now in PAS’ court.

He said while Umno had adhered to its decision against working with Bersatu, it was still keen on strengthening MN.

That was why it offered the Islamist party to work with Umno in the Melaka polls without insisting it contest under the BN banner, he said. – FMT