by Rosli Mansor
Perak has hinted that it will follow in the footsteps of several other states to declare a public holiday on November 18 to make it easier for the people to go home and vote in the 15th General Election (GE15).
Perak Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad however said that the matter can only be decided by next Monday, after getting the opinion of the State Legal Adviser (LA).
“Yes, we are considering giving a day off early before the voting date, but we are making sure who is qualified to make the announcement.
“But the intent is for us to give leave to allow people to return to their villages to vote, we can do it… we just want to see who has the qualifications to announce it, whether it’s the State Secretary or the Chief Minister,” he said.
He said this when answering a reporter’s question on whether Perak will announce a public holiday on November 18.
Saarani was met by reporters after inaugurating the Gopeng Barisan Nasional (BN) Solidarity Rally @ Sungai Rapat at State Assembly Operations Room N44, Kampung Meranti Changkat Larang yesterday.
Previously, the media reported that several other states such as Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Penang had declared a public holiday on November 18, to allow voters to return to their respective states to vote the next day in GE15.