Parliament will automatically dissolve on April 28, 2013 and GE will have to be held by June 28, 2013.
When push comes to shove...
Meanwhile, Negri Sembilan has the honour to be the first state to have its DUN automatically dissolved on March 27, with a caretaker government in charge.
Selangor was supposed to take the lead in deciding when to dissolve its state assembly, but PM's delay has made it rather pointless in terms of strategy and costly to have election date different from GE's.
I believe Najib will save some pride by deciding on a date instead of leaving it to automatic dissolution of Parliament. But then again, he might have other reasons to consider and rather leave it to the end!
At a glance, dates (by midnight) of automatic dissolution of state assemblies, based on swearing-in dates:
Negri Sembilan : March 27, 2013
Pahang April 6
Johor April 20
Selangor April 21
Perak March 16? (no mention of date in The Star's article) *
Malacca April 25
Perlis April 27
Kelantan April 27
Sabah April 28
Penang May 1
Kedah May 5
Terengganu May 5
Sarawak June 19, 2016!
GE13: Why states have different swearing-in dates
By FARIK ZOLKEPLI
I am confused about Perak as to when should be the automatic dissolution date...
According to Lim Kit Siang in his post dated March 16, 2008, date of swearing-in was March 17, 2008.
According to Wikipedia: After a defection to Pakatan and later redefection to BN (Nasarudin Hashim ), followed by three defections to become BN friendly (ex-DAP's Hee Yit Foong, ex-PKR's Jamaluddin Mohd. Radzi and Osman Jailu), a new state government was sworned in on February 6, 2009.
For more details of the complicated court case...
Update on April 1:
* I am not sure whether it was my mistake or that The Star had included a chart after I had read their article without it, which led me to look for Perak's date of swearing-in from Lim Kit Siang's blog.