SEREMBAN, Nov 29 — The Negeri Sembilan government will take into account the haj and festive season next year to hold the state election, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun.

He said he would also raise these factors to be discussed by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Presidential Council.

“… there are two possibilities either before the haj season or after the return of the pilgrims from performing the haj,” he told reporters at Wisma Negeri here today.

Negeri Sembilan, Penang and Selangor, which are under PH’s administration, did not dissolve their state legislative assemblies for the state elections to be held during the 15th General Election (GE15) last Nov 19, nor did the states under PAS, namely Terengganu, Kelantan and Kedah.

Based on media reports, the state elections in the six states should be held early to avoid clashing with the festive celebration and the Haj season if held after March next year.

For next year, Aidilfitri is expected to be celebrated on April 22, depending on the announcement by Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, while  Aidiladha will be on June 29 and the first flight to bring potential pilgrims for the Haj pilgrimage is scheduled on May 21.

In another development, DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke Siew Fook said no detailed discussions were held yet at the PH level on the appointment of Cabinet members under the leadership of Prime Minister Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

This is because Anwar also has to discuss with other parties such as Barisan Nasional (BN) and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), he said.

Anwar was sworn in as Prime Minister on Nov 24 to lead a unity government consisting of PH which has 82 seats, BN (30), GPS (23),  Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (six) and other parties.


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