Thursday, June 30, 2011
Malaysians generally are wondering when is the 13th General Election is going to be held.
The last general election was held on March 2008 where the ruling Barisan Nasional, BN coalition parties won and still took control of the federal government but fared badly, losing the two third majority in Parliament.
The BN also lost 4 states, Penang, Perak, Kedah and Selangor to the oppositions.
The only person who knows the right date for the General Election is none other that the Prime Minister of Malaysia himself, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak.
While on a 2 day working visit to Sabah, East Malaysia on 29 and 30th June 2011 Najib Tun Razak said he is keeping an open mind on when he would call for a general election.
For the record, Najib earlier on the year generates a much debated interests among Malaysians when he said he fancys the number 11, while being interviewed live on Hot FM Radio Station in Sri Pentas, Bandar Utama.
Therefore triggering an intense speculations wether the Parliament is going to be dissolved on 11th November 2011 or any dates in November 2011.
Yesterday 30th June 2011 while visiting Sipitang, a coastal town in the in the interior of Sabah, the Prime Minister keep the media guessing when asked wether he had decided on the election date.
Najib said what mattered most was to ensure that Barisan Nasional was fully prepared to win the hearts and minds of the people.
“Before we can determine the date, we have to work hard and strengthen Barisan and solve problems faced by the grassroots,” he said after launching the Pesta Gasing dan Tamu (Gata) 2011 in Sipitang.
Najib also reminded the Sabah Barisan Nasional to put the people first in whatever they do.
The Prime Minister arrived in Sabah on Wednesday afternoon, 29 June 2011 and met with leaders of eight Barisan component parties in a closed-door meeting at the 5 star Maggelan Sutera Resort in Kota Kinabalu, capital of Sabah.
He told them that “this could be his last visit” prior to a general election.
However, when asked to elaborate yesterday, Thursday 30th June 2011 Najib laughed it off, saying he wanted the state leaders to be prepared for the polls at any time.
In Kota Kinabalu on the same day on 30th June 2011, Najib went on a memorable trip when he dropped by a house at Kampung Likas just outside the city.
His visit came 46 years after his father Tun Abdul Razak Hussein toured the area and met the then village chief OT (Orang Tua) Bakar Busu.
Najib met Bakar's only offspring Tijah, her husband Yahya NC Asai, 71, and their eight children and 15 grandchildren.
Yahya got engaged to Tijah when Tun Razak visited the village in 1965.
“It was just after the formation of Malaysia, and Tun Razak wanted to see for himself ordinary Malaysians in Sabah,” said Yahya, a retired Sabah Railway technician.
Earlier in the day, Najib took a stroll around Murut traditional houses at the interior township of Kemabong, some 250km from the city after launching the Juara Rakyat programme there.
He also savoured the renowned Tenom coffee and had lunch with local community leaders before flying to Sipitang to launch the RM2.7mil Esplanade there.
Najib also went for a walkabout at Inanam town market, about 10km from here.
He later announced a RM2mil allocation to build a new community hall in Inanam, adding that he was also studying a proposal to improve the roads in the town.
Well when is the election Sir?? It is up to you Najib.