Malaysia’s Johor state to hold elections after state assembly dissolved

Malaysia’s southern Johor state will hold state level elections to select its new government, following the dissolution of its state government on Saturday.

The state ruler, Johor Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar, consented to the dissolution of the state assembly following a meeting with Johor Chief Minister Hasni Mohammad, the ruler said in a statement.

Talk of snap polls started following the death of a state assemblyman aligned to the state government on Dec. 21 last year, giving the state government a slim majority of only one seat against the opposition in the 56-seat state assembly.

It will be the third state elections in recent months, with Malacca state holding its elections in November last year and the northern Borneo state of Sarawak holding its elections in December 2021.