PUTRAJAYA, June 25 – Economy Minister Rafizi Ramli has firmly dismissed claims that the central government, led by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, is at risk of collapsing after the upcoming state election (PRN). “Logically, how could such a scenario unfold after the state election? A vote of no confidence is unlikely, party jumping is improbable, and even if a significant bloc were to leave the Unity Government, the government would still stand firm, as it is numerically challenging,” Rafizi stated during a press conference held after a session at the Ministry of Economy and the Federal Territories Department.
Rafizi, who also serves as the Deputy President of PKR, made these remarks in response to recent statements made by PAS Deputy President Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man. Tuan Ibrahim was reported to have suggested that the upcoming PRN could pose a unique challenge to the central government if Perikatan Nasional (PN) were to secure victories in five out of the six states where the PRN will be held. The state election (PRN) is scheduled to take place in six states: Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah, Negeri Sembilan, Penang, and Selangor.
When questioned about the allocation of State Legislative Assembly (DUN) seats between Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional in preparation for the PRN, Rafizi stated that negotiations are nearly 98 percent complete. “While there may be some minor overlap, the final details will be ironed out soon,” he assured. As the PRN approaches, political parties and leaders are engaging in discussions, strategizing, and vying for support.
The outcome of the state election will undoubtedly have an impact on the political landscape, and Rafizi’s dismissal of claims regarding the collapse of the central government highlights the confidence maintained by the ruling coalition. Further updates on the state election and its implications for the central government will be provided as the situation unfolds.