Dissolution of State Assembly: Abdul Karim hints at possible announcement in coming days

Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

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By Nancy Nais

ASAJAYA, Oct 21: Give it a day or two, and perhaps there will be an announcement on the dissolution of State Assembly, hinted PBB vice president Datuk Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

He was asked by reporters to comment on rumors that the State Assembly may be dissolved very soon at a press conference after attending a briefing on the pavement rehabilitation work for PA-1 Kota Samarahan-Sadong Jaya Section 1 and Section 2 coastal road this morning.


Abdul Karim, who is also the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture and Asajaya assemblyman said: “Same with you all in the media, I can also feel the ‘heat’ of such a possibility. Let’s wait for a day or two. Who knows.”

Earlier today, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had refuted several news reports which had begun speculating that the dissolution would be called today.

The chief minister had expressed surprise at the reports, saying that even he does not know when the dissolution would happen, and that the decision lies in the hands of the King.

If the State Assembly is indeed going to be dissolved in the next few days, Abdul Karim said that he would welcome the announcement because it is time for the people to give a mandate.

Although Sarawak is currently under the Emergency Order to curb the spread of Covid-19, he explained that more than 90 per cent of the state’s daily new cases falls under Category 1 (no symptoms) and 2 (mild symptoms).

“There will definitely be strict standard operating procedures (SOP) guided by the Ministry of Health (MOH), National Security Council (MKN), State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) as well as Election Commission (EC) which we must abide to,” he added. — DayakDaily