Friday, April 6, 2018
Malaysia’s 14th General Election is not 'too late'
Salleh Said Keruak
Critics of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak are saying that he is scared of holding the 14th General Election because he is not confident Barisan Nasional can win the general election. That is actually nonsense, as the dates of the previous general elections held under the previous two Prime Ministers can show.
GE8: 21 October 1990
GE9: 25 April 1995
GE10: 29 November 1999
GE11: 21 March 2004
GE12: 8 March 2008
GE13: on 5 May 2013
Traditionally, general elections in Malaysia have always been held between four to five years of the first sitting of Parliament. And the last general election was held less than five years ago. In fact, GE14 must legally be held the latest by August, which is four months from now.
If the opposition wants to raise issues at least let them be legitimate issues and not nonsensical issues merely as an attempt to fool Malaysians. Dissolving Parliament tomorrow is not ‘too late’ as the opposition says. In fact, it is two months earlier than required.
The opposition strategy is to fool Malaysians into thinking that Najib and BN are scared of losing GE14, which is why Najib is delaying the general election. GE14 is not being delayed. It is just in time. And this is what the opposition is denying.