Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said he hopes the dispute within the ruling alliance in Kelantan will not lead to the federal Government taking control. He said if there was 'no longer co-operation and understanding between the partners', a state election should be held. Kelantan is the only state not controlled by the National Front coalition, which holds power at the federal level under the leadership of Dr Mahathir's United Malays National Organisation. While Dr Mahathir said 'as far as possible' the federal Government did not want to interfere, his remarks have intensified speculation that Kuala Lumpur is looking to capitalise on the row between Parti Islam seMalaysia (PAS) and Semangat 46. Its options are to press for an early election or declare a state of emergency. PAS, the senior partner in the state Government, can remain in power without Semangat 46. It has 25 seats in the State Assembly compared with 11 for Semangat 46 and seven for the National Front. Semangat 46, a party formed by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah after he unsuccessfully tried to take the United Malays National Organisation presidency from Dr Mahathir, teamed up with PAS in 1990 to oust the National Front government then in power in Kelantan. The union had the blessing of the Sultan of Kelantan, a relative of Tengku Razaleigh, which may have influenced the vote in rural areas, where Malaysia's royal families are revered. But it was a shaky union which ended abruptly earlier this month following moves by Tengku Razaleigh to rejoin Dr Mahathir's party.