Published: Tuesday February 26, 2013 MYT 1:40:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday February 26, 2013 MYT 2:01:46 PM
Penang gives EC, Federal Govt two-week deadline over local govt polls
By REGINA LEE
KUALA LUMPUR: Penang has given the Election Commission (EC) and Federal Government a two-week deadline to agree to holding local government elections in the state.
Failing this, the state government will instruct lawyers to apply to the Federal Court to seek a declaration that a federal law purportly abolishing local government elections in Malaysia does not apply in Penang, after a recently-passed enactment in state law.
"The Penang state government will, together with former Aliran president P. Ramakrishnan, be the two plaintiffs in this historic suit against the Federal Government and the Election Commission at the Federal Court," said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in a press conference here Tuesday.
He added that the state government had written to the EC numerous times but its requests were rejected. The Housing and Local Government minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung also previously dismissed the enactment passed last year as "invalid".
The state assembly passed the Local Government Elections Enactment in the state assembly on May 9 last year, which was consented to by the Penang Governor the following month.
The enactment came into force on Jan 31 but the state government claimed that it has failed to obtain any commitment from the EC to conduct the elections.
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