Selangor Umno Chief Noh Omar believes DAP lawmaker Lim Kit Siang’s calls for a snap election in the state following a redelineation exercise would amount to nothing.
Dubbing Lim’s call as “not surprising”, Noh pointed out that DAP had previously called for snap polls in Penang after DAP Secretary-General and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was charged with corruption.
On June 30, Guan Eng pleaded not guilty at the Penang High Court to charges of corruption in relation to conversion of a plot of land from an agricultural zone to residential zone, and the purchase of a plot of land and bungalow at below market value.
DAP subsequently called for snap polls to be held in Penang, but the plan was aborted after discussions with its Pakatan Harapan partners.
However, Noh, who is also the urban well-being, housing and local government minister, questioned why the DAP supremo only demanded for snap polls to be held in Selangor.
“Is he only unsatisfied with Selangor? And other states, he’s okay with them? Unsatisfied, and now he wants to hold snap polls,” Noh said after attending a ministry function this morning.
Apart from Selangor, Penang and Kelantan are also not under BN’s control.
Earlier today, Lim proposed for Selangor to conduct a snap election after claiming the Election Commission’s constituency redelineation had “mangled the map of Selangor” and “butchered the seats”.
BN only won 12 state seats through Umno in the 2013 General Election.
Lim also said the recent redelineation exercise would help the ruling coalition regain Selangor.
Noh, however, dismissed the suggestion, claiming his party was not confident about contesting three seats in Ampang.
He also pointed out that Umno itself was not satisfied with the redelineation.
“As the Selangor liaison chief, I also found that certain areas that used to have a Malay majority, no longer do so.”
Noh went on to allege that the Opposition wanted to burden the people by calling for a snap election, citing the Kajang by-election which was held to pave the way for then Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to become Selangor menteri besar.