ALOR SETAR, August 12 – The Kedah state government has announced that Sunday will be declared a public holiday if the Perikatan Nasional (PN) successfully forms the government on Saturday. The announcement was made by Kedah Menteri Besar (Chief Minister), Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor, through a press statement at 10:30 PM on Friday. According to the statement, the people of Kedah will be granted a rest day (public holiday) following the conclusion of voting day on Saturday if PN continues to be given the mandate to govern Kedah.
The 14-day campaign period for the State Election (PRN), which began on the nomination day, July 29, will end at 11:59 PM on Friday. This means that after this period, all electioneering activities will not be allowed, especially on voting day on Saturday, for the 36 seats in the Kedah State Legislative Assembly (DUN). Prior to dissolution, the composition of the Kedah DUN saw PN controlling 21 seats, while PAS and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) collectively held 15 seats. PH held 11 seats, with PKR having five, Parti Amanah Negara with four, and DAP with two.
BN held two seats, which were aligned with PH to form the Unity Government, while Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) had two seats but did not participate in the current PRN. There are a total of 1,585,085 registered voters for the Kedah PRN, with 104,284 voters aged between 18 and 20 years. Meanwhile, in KELANTAN, the state government has agreed to declare Sunday as a General Freedom Day for the state. Menteri Besar, Datuk Ahmad Yakob, stated that this was being done in conjunction with the upcoming PRN. This declaration is to provide convenience to the people as well as the Election Commission (SPR) officers,” he stated in a press release on Friday.