Mar 13, 2007

Election Will Be Held When Time Is Right

"Better feeling"? With all recent crisis, I think PM is waiting for the "better feeling" to re-appear from somewhere.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 12 (Bernama) -- A general election will only be held when the time is right, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi although he did not discount the possibility that it could be held this year.

"We have a lot more work to do. There is a better feeling among the people than before but we want to better this better feeling," the prime minister told reporters after chairing the Barisan Nasional supreme council meeting at the Umno headquarters at Menara Dato' Onn.

He said the Barisan Nasional (BN) government must fulfil the promises that it had made to the people in the last general election.

"A manifesto does not mean only five years. Our manifesto for the last election is also contained in the Ninth Malaysia Plan and all the programmes that we implement are based on the manifesto," he said.

He was asked to comment on speculations that the government would call for snap polls at end of this year or early next year. The last election was held in 2004 and Parliament's current term will end in 2009.

Abdullah, who is also the BN chairman, said Monday night's supreme council meeting, which lasted over three hours, did not discuss the distribution of seats among the 13 BN components nor did it touch on a cabinet reshuffle.

Asked about the opposition parties having started their preparations for the next general election, he said: "We will face them anytime".

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1 comment:

A registered voter said...

Anytime is the right time. As long as the politicians are doing what they are supposed to be doing, anytime is the time for elections. Preparation for an election does not only mean the technical part of it. It is not right to sweet talk the voters in voting for a particular party. Whatever that needs to be done should be done on a spontaneous, continuous basis and not be used as a way to gain support. Supporters should think rather than depend on short term gains, example on what is good for the country in return for the money vote. So far, Barisan Nasional has been dominating our political scene. There has not been any real challenges from other parties. This shows that Malaysians on the whole are a lazy bunch. They just prefer to follow rather than having a say in the political process. Barisan Nasional is on a winning streak because they are developing the country to make it more modern and not left behind and be known as a poor country. The majority of the money power is in their hands. What else besides the development issue ? Therefore not only people should exercise their right to vote, but they must also vote bravely.