Tuesday, May 29, 2012
A-ahhh.... Not now!
But then, rumor mongering has no stopping. People from the top to the laymen are now quite certain that general election has to be by year end. Could it be November or October once the the Budget reaches Dewan Negara?
There are also suggestions for the polls to be called latest by February next year before the Cabinet terms expires. But this would be too late and could be seen as Najib's effort to frustrate the Opposition. It would also be perceived as a sign that BN is having problems and that it needs until the last minute to prepare it for elections.
A text message I received seconds after Najib's announcement today said, "Looks like PM is listening to the warlord (Tun Dr Mahathir)".
I don't know and I don't want to comment on that but the former Prime Minister had, in an interview with Bloomberg two days ago made a staggering remark that Najib's government was not ready for the general election now and for that, Najib should call for the polls sometimes after Ramadan (the fasting month).
Of course its not suitable to have it during Ramadan. It could be held during Hari Raya but again, nothing was pointing to that although there were rumors that the government would be giving out bonuses to the civil servants before Hari Raya.
And now that Sept 28 is Budget Day, all speculations and prophecies about the 'soon to be held election' have subsided.
I believe the Opposition is caught by surprise too. After all the campaigning since early this year, they have to take some extra months to hammer the government, finding new issues and refreshing their tactics.
But what's the point of calling for a general election if the Opposition fails to give assurances that there would not be any problems during election campaign? They are so fond of taking to the streets now, and this is a big worry for everybody.
With their Bersih still disputing the electoral system, do we need an election now as they have the tendency of boycotting the poll or taking to the streets again?
I think Najib is taking into account all these issues. Whether he takes Tun Dr Mahathir's words for it, he is the boss now and its his prerogative rights to call the shots at the advise of the personnel around him.