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“Mohamad Hasan dengan beraninya mengugut akan membubar Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) negeri berkenaan sekiranya ada di kalangan ahli-ahli DUN dari Barisan Nasional yang akan menyertai KeADILan atau Pakatan Rakyat kelak tanpa mempedulikan Yang Dipertua Besar Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Ja’afar Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman.”

QUOTE attributed to Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan from Umno. Mohamad Hasan was reported to have said he would immediately call for snap elections in the state if Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblypersons defected to the opposition to cause the fall of the BN state government.

Hasan said this at a time when speculation of party-hopping was rife in the lead-up to 16 Sept 2008, the day that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) was supposed to take over government through defections. (Source: Lompat Parti: MB Negeri Sembilan Ugut Bubar DUN, Suara Keadilan Online, 10 Sept 2008)

“Just accept it…We cannot go against the law, and the parties concerned should not be politicking over the matter.”

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, saying PR should accept the decision of Perak Ruler Sultan Azlan Shah not to dissolve the state assembly.

Embattled Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin had asked for the dissolution following the resignation of three PR assemblypersons to become independents friendly to the BN. But the Sultan instead asked him and his exco to step down to make way for a BN state government. (Source: Pakatan Rakyat should accept Sultan’s decision, Bernama as quoted in The Nut Graph, 5 Feb 2009)

“I think it is a matter of the constitution and the law, and how you treat your Rulers.”

Umno Youth head Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, commenting on Nizar’s appeal to the Sultan to reconsider his decision not to dissolve the state assembly, instead of stepping down like he was ordered to. (Source: Nizar’s refusal to quit unconstitutional: Hishammuddin, Bernama as quoted in The Nut Graph, 6 Feb 2009)

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