Tan Sri James Jemut Masing

KUCHING: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should call for a snap general election to coincide with the Sarawak state election, said Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing.

Masing stressed that the timing of the election would be one of the issues to be discussed during the prime minister’s visit to Kuching later this month.

“Certainly elections will one of the issues we will discuss with him. But the call is his, insofar as the federal government is concerned. But for the state election is (Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi) Abang Jo’s call,” Masing told news portal DayakDaily here yesterday.

Masing reiterated that since the Sarawak state election was almost due, it would be apt if the prime minister could also call for a snap general election to settle the current political instability in the country.

“So I would suggest that when we call ours, Muhyiddin will call his. So that will settle things once and for all and so that we will come back to normalcy.

“Let the people of Malaysia decide who should be the prime minister. If they want Muhyiddin, this is the best time or if they want somebody else this is also the best time for them to decide so that there will be no more quarrelling.

“So, after that we can have five years of peace and rebuild the nation post Covid-19,” he said.

The Sarawak state election is due to be held, the latest, by June next year. Of late, however, speculations are rife that it might be called as early as October this year.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who is also GPS president when asked to comment, nevertheless, was non-committal and preferred to still hold the card closer to his chest.

On GPS preparation to face the state election, Masing said GPS was all set, both in its machinery and as a registered political entity.