Mar 24, 2007

Govt Not Facing Pressure To Call General Election - Najib

DPM, So when is the next election?

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak says the government does consider itself facing any pressure to call for a general election.

"There are no pressures actually. Not that the government has insufficient majority. There are no big issues and so on.

"Besides people are fond on making election speculations, I don't think we are under any form of pressure to hold a general election," he said in a special interview shown by RTM1 tonight.

He said the general election would be held when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi set the most suitable time.

Asked on how Barisan Nasional (BN) would fare in the next general election, Najib said: "We are confident... but to retain the 2004's extraordinary achievement will not be that easy.

"To obtain an excellent achievement in an election is one thing. To retain the success and excellent record is more challenging," he said.

He said to defend the excellent record was a big challenge to all levels in the party.

Asked on the RM7.6 billion allocation for Kelantan even though the state was governed by the opposition, Najib said the government's main objective was to ensure the people's wellbeing.

"The message is we don't adopt the attitude of causing hardship to the Kelantan people for not supporting the BN. We take a more open stance that it is important for us to promote the people's wellbeing.

"Politics is politics. Hopefully, the Kelantan people can value the federal government's sincerity to bring changes to Kelantan and hopefully, with this open attitude, they will support the BN government in future," he said.

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