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Govt-PH MoU: No general election until Aug 2022 earliest

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 13): Malaysia may not see the 15th general election until August 2022 at the earliest, based on the historic memorandum on political transformation and stability inked between the federal coalition and Pakatan Harapan (PH) opposition today.

One of the details underlined in the memorandum of understanding (MoU) is for the parliament not to be dissolved from now until July 31, 2022, according to a tweet by PH communications director Fahmi Fadzil.

"PH remains [as] opposition. Parliament not [to be] dissolved before 31.7.2022," the tweet said. It should be noted, however, that this detail was absent from the statement issued by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob earlier.

In a short statement to the media later, the Lembah Pantai member of parliament also said that a copy of the MoU will be uploaded to the parliament's official website tomorrow morning (Sept 14).

In another tweet, the PKR MP also said that PH "reserves the right to end the MoU" should there be no improvement on the focus topics of the MoU.

Without sharing details, Fahmi in his tweet said the focus topics of the MoU are: assistance to the people, improvement in efforts to combat Covid-19, reforming the parliament, Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), and the independence of the judiciary.

The MoU inked today could spell a political ceasefire while Malaysia regroups and refocuses on combating Covid-19 and the impact of the pandemic, after more than a year of politicking which culminated with the resignation of Malaysia's eighth prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin last month.

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