Friday, May 6, 2011

Najib : Elections are "just around the corner"

In his strongest hint so far, Prime Minister Najib Razak has sounded the warning bell to the nation - elections are "just around the corner".

While snap polls are highly anticipated, his words will still send a fresh shiver across the political divide as BN and Pakatan Rakyat supporters have been bracing for their final countdown.

Most prefer an earlier June-July date rather than a later September-October one. August is not on the list as it is the fasting month. However, there are also many Malaysians who believe Najib will only dissolve Parliament next year.

The prime minister was giving a pep talk to Selangor Umno on Thursday, urging them to regain the state government from the Pakatan Rakyat using "whatever weapon was at their disposal".

"We must not allow our image to continue to be besmirched and wallow because of the defeat. We must bounce back with a renewed determination to redeem ourselves," Bernama reported Najib as saying at an 'Evening with the Leaders' organised by Selangor Umno Veterans Club, here.

He called on Malays in the state to rally behind Umno and topple Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim's Pakatan government.

"We must learn from history, because politics is a game of perception and numbers. For example, a state might have Malay majority voters, but it won't mean a thing if they are disunited," said Najib, who is also the Umno president and Selangor chief.

There are 56 seats in the Selangor legislative assembly, of which 35 are controlled by the Pakatan coalition led by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. Najib's BN controls 21.

At the federal level, there are 222 seats in the Malaysian Parliament. BN holds 137, Pakatan 75, PSM 1, SAPP 2 and the Konsensus Bebas 7.

Neighbouring Singapore will go to the ballot boxes on Saturday, May 7.

- Malaysia Chronicle
Written by Melissa Lee, Malaysia Chronicle

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