Pas says no to early polls

Pas has rejected calls to expedite the dissolution of Parliament, citing economic concerns and the monsoon season that will affect the people and the government machinery.

(NST) – Pas president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang said Pas will continue negotiations with the other parties to unite the “ummah” and avoid head-to-head clashes (during the elections) to defeat Pakatan Harapan.

“Pas believes that the people’s welfare and national interests should come first in any circumstance and economic recovery measures must be supported, especially through the 2023 Budget that will be tabled (on Oct 7),” he said in a statement today.

Hadi’s statement came after the Umno Supreme Council, on Friday, insisted that Parliament must be dissolved as soon as possible to pave the way for the 15th General Election (GE15) by year-end to return the mandate to the people.

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan had said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob will also be presenting the proposed date for the dissolution of Parliament to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

However, he stopped short of disclosing the date that Ismail Sabri would be presenting to the king.