PM: No extension of MoU

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MoU in effect until Parliament is dissolved.

There will be no new memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Federal Government and the Opposition, but we will still work together for the sake of the rakyat, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The Prime Minister said Umno would not be extending the current political MoU past the July 31 deadline.

However, Ismail Sabri said he had met with leaders of the Opposition and whether or not there was a written MoU was not important.

“We have collectively agreed there is no need for a new MoU or agreement.

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“What is more important are certain issues (contained in the MoU), such as the anti-party hopping Bill and the amendments to the Constitution needed for it.

“With or without an agreement or MOU, we want the Act to be passed to prevent party hopping after the next elections,” he said.

He also pointed out that the MoU did not explicitly state an end date but only that it would be in effect until Parliament is dissolved.

In relation to this, Ismail Sabri said he would only dissolve Parliament when it had “reached its term” and when he felt the time was right.

“Dissolving Parliament and holding the general election does not depend on any one aspect.

“When I think the time is right to dissolve Parliament, I will do so, be it this year or the next,” he said.