A snap election will be held in Melaka, barely three weeks after a Confidence and Supply Reforms (CSR) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was inked between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri and Pakatan Harapan (PH).
Melaka Governor, Tun Mohd Ali Rustam’s decision to dissolve the assembly was announced by state speaker Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh at a press conference today.
The dissolution was on the advice of outgoing Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali.
In view of that, an election must now be called within 60 days.
For the record, PM Ismail and PH leaders had on 13 September 2021 signed a CSR MOU.
Among the terms of the CSR MOU was that no Elections will be held before July 2022, and that an anti-hop law will be enacted.
PH leaders have also claimed that the CSR MOU was intended for a political ceasefire, in order to concentrate on fighting Covid-19.
But on Monday, four BN/PN State Assemblypersons withdrew their support for the current Chief Minister.
The four are former Datuk Seri Idris Haron (Sungai Udang State Assemblyman- UMNO) who is also the former Melaka Chief Minister from UMNO, Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee (Pengkalan Batu State Assemlyman- Independent), Datuk Noor Effandi Ahmad (Telok Mas State Assemblyman- Bersatu) and Datuk Nor Azman Hassan (ADUN Pantai Kundor- UMNO).
They were then seen in a press conference with PH State Assemblypersons, announcing that the BN Melaka State Government has fallen, suggesting that PH were part of the political manouverings.
Later that day, Melaka UMNO announced that Idris’s membership in the party had been stripped.
In a press conference today, Idris also said that PH should be allowed to govern the state.