by Johnson K Saai, email@example.com. Posted on March 11, 2015, Wednesday
KUCHING: The next state legislative assembly (DUN) sitting could be held in April instead of May.
However, it is unclear whether the rescheduling of the sitting will pave the way for an early state election.
When contacted yesterday DUN secretary Supian Tarmizi Mohd Tazuddin acknowledged that the next sitting could be rescheduled.
He said that indication was already there except that so far his office had yet to receive the ‘black and white’ from the state cabinet.
“We have got indications that the DUN sitting will be held towards the end of April but I can only give the confirmation once we have received the black and white on the matter,” he said, adding that rescheduling of assembly session was the prerogative of the cabinet.
Asked whether the rescheduling of the sitting dates was to pave way for an early state election, Supian replied: “I don’t think so. To me this (change of sitting dates) is a normal thing to do”.
He said there was a possibility that the state cabinet wanted to increase the number of sittings from two previously to three or four times a year.
“The likelihood is there. Maybe members of the cabinet want to have more sittings so they decided to reschedule the next sitting from May to April,” he added.
Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) vice-president Datuk Lee Kim Shin also said the rescheduling of the next DUN sitting had nothing to do with election.
“I don’t think the change to the sitting dates is to pave way for an early state election,” he said.
Lee, who is Assistant Minister of Sports, told reporters this at a media conference to announce the launch of state-level Fit Malaysia 2015 to be held here on April 12.
He also dismissed claims that the regular visits by federal leaders to the state were indications that the state election would be held this year.
“The visits have been planned long before this. For instance, this activity (Fit Malaysia 2015 ) which we are going to have on April 12 in fact has been planned since last year,” he said.
He said this when asked to comment on claims that the recent visits by Prime Minister as well as Deputy Prime Minister were all signs that the next state election could be this year although the current assembly will only expire in June 2016.