KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — Pakatan Harapan (PH) said today it will not dissolve state governments under its administration, even if an early general election is called.
In a statement following its meeting, its Presidential Council said its stand remains consistent that the focus of both federal and state governments should be on helping the public following the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Therefore, we are of the view that if a shock general election is called before the end of the five-year terms, the state governments administered by PH should continue and not be dissolved,” it said.
The statement was jointly signed by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu, and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
PH and its allies currently hold four state governments: Selangor, Penang, Negri Sembilan and Sabah.
Following the 14th general election, it had also won Kedah, Perak, Johor and Melaka, but lost it following a Perikatan Nasional (PN) takeover of Putrajaya.
The collapse of these state government under PH have been attributed to state lawmakers from Bersatu, PKR and even the DAP switching sides to support the PN administration under Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Even Selangor has been facing speculation of a change in administration following rumours that several of its lawmakers, purportedly those aligned with former PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, would switch their support to PN instead.