JOHOR BARU: The Federal Government should not let the outcome of the Sabah election decide when it will call for a snap general election, says Umno vice president Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
He said as Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had the right to decide when the general election should be held.
However, to make such a decision based on the results of the Sabah election was not right, he said.
Mohamed added that he agreed that a general election should be called soon.
“There is a need to have a general election soon, which will allow us to create a Federal Government that is stable and strong.
“This will allow the government to focus on development and the people’s welfare, ” he said in a press conference after attending a thanksgiving prayers over the construction work of Pasir Gudang Hospital at Bandar Seri Alam here on Saturday (Sept 19).
On Friday, Muhyiddin said a general election could be called ahead of time should Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) win the state election.
He said the Sabah election on Sept 26 was important, as it would determine the future of the country.
“We haven’t decided when to have an election on a national level, but if we win in Sabah, we should have the election immediately.
“From the election here (in Sabah), we can gauge if the people support Perikatan Nasional or want me as their Prime Minister because we want Malaysia to move forward and achieve great heights.
“One way for the country to achieve success is to continue to move together with me, ” he said.
Meanwhile, in another matter, Mohamed, a former Johor mentri besar, said Putrajaya should look at the state’s request for the border with Singapore to be opened.
He said the border should be fully open soon as it was important to both countries in terms of economy, employment and businesses.