Thursday January 31, 2013
Khalid mulls dissolving state assembly
SHAH ALAM: Selangor may dissolve the state assembly after Chap Goh Meh if there is no indication from the Federal Government on the dissolution of Parliament.
Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim hinted that he had no qualms about Selangor becoming the first state to dissolve its state assembly.
“After Chap Goh Meh, if there is no announcement from the Federal Government, the state will decide on its dissolution,” he said after chairing the state exco meeting yesterday.
Chap Goh Meh, which falls on Feb 24, is the 15th day of Chinese New Year.
It marks the end of the Lunar New Year celebrations.
Asked if Selangor could be the first state to dissolve its state assembly, Khalid said: “If we want to.”
“I am going to be as bad as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. I'll give you as much speculation,” he quipped.
Khalid also said that it was in the best interest of the people to hold the general election early.
Last year, Khalid announced that Selangor would not participate in the general election if it was called in June last year, saying that he wanted a full year to manage the state budget passed in November 2011.
“This time, we don't want to exceed the five-year timeframe that people have elected us for,” he said.
“If we want to continue, we must have fresh mandate from the people.”