Why is the prime minister still toying with the polls date if he is so popular judging by the large numbers who attend his official functions?
readers who enjoy the 13th general election date-guessing game, the
latest from the rumour mill is that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is
now also considering an October/early November date besides the
“However, the October or November date is dangerous for him as that is
the Haj season and holding the polls during the Haj season will ruin his
image as a Muslim leader as it infringes on Muslim sensitivity,” said
PAS strategist and Kuala Selangor MP Dzulkefly Ahmad.
PAS Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad concurred, saying that “if the Barisan
Nasional government holds the general election during the Haj season, it
will only serve to reveal the true colours of Umno which claims to
Besides, why is the prime minister still toying with the polls date if
he is so popular judging by the large numbers who attend his official
functions? Why is he still dragging his feet over the election date?
Moreover, Najib has also urged the rakyat to stick to certainty with the
BN government which has a proven track record instead of choosing the
opposition and uncertainty. An important point to note is that it was
the prime minister himself who has proclaimed that this date-guessing is
a national past-time.
“By certainty does the prime minister mean that we must stick to the certainty of rising corruption and soaring crime rate?
“It is certainly the ultimate in stupidity if, by certainty, we must
stick to the same trajectory leading to the abyss of destruction. Is
this what the prime minister meant when he said that we must stick to
certainty?” asked Dzulkefly.
Dzulkefly also said that Najib has really no choice but to use the
September date if he still wants to hold the polls this year because
holding the polls during the Haj season will make him lose his
credibility as a Muslim leader.
Or else, Najib should just simplify matters and hold the general
election next year. But the major problem with holding the polls next
year is that the global economic climate has become unstable.
Economy looks bleak
Dzulkefly also said that the current macro-economic figures of growth
cannot be used to predict the health of the nation’s economy in the long
term as US, Europe and even economic powerhouse China are experiencing a
“Malaysia’s economy is powered by domestic consumption and right now the
number of non-performing loans of individuals is steadily rising. This
is an unhealthy trend. In addition, Malaysia’s debt ratio which stands
at RM653 billion is now at a very dangerous level as it has risen past
the 55% benchmark of the GDP, which is the level set by Parliament that
the nation must not surpass,” he added.
This shows that the situation in Malaysia is not what it seems. There is
more to it than meets the eye where economic figures are concerned.
Besides, statistics are always debatable. One can always present one set
of figures to debunk another set of figures.
Meanwhile, the federal government is daily issuing statements
proclaiming the healthy state of the nation’s economy. Does this sound
Be that as it may, Najib is cornered where the general election date is
concerned and it is due to his own doing. He has lost the element of
surprise in the game that he himself initiated. Henceforth, the polls
can be held anytime and Pakatan Rakyat is now standing ready.
Also, the Royal Commission of Inquiry set up to look into the problem of
the illegals in Sabah obtaining citizenship needs six months to
complete its work and the same can be said of the Oil Royalty Payments
Committee. Both the RCI and the Oil Royalty Payments Committee will only
complete their work next year.
Lacking innovative ideas
The federal government is also lacking innovative ideas on running the
nation. When Pakatan or the rakyat bring up an issue, sometimes the
government will respond and react. Otherwise, there is total silence as
in the case of the dirty electoral rolls. Nothing exciting or
awe-inspiring is coming from the BN leaders.
And it is these same BN leaders who keep proclaiming that if Pakatan
were to run the country, the nation will go bankrupt. Well, that is to
be seen but are things getting any better under the current government?
“Malaysia at present does not seem to be a happening place. No fresh
ideas, energy and enthusiasm. The nation seems old and weary and just
trudging along at snail’s pace,” said Dzulkefly.
Now the excitement stemming from the RM200 and RM100 book vouchers, the
RM500 BR1M cash aid and the tyre aid to the taxi drivers has died down.
The rakyat will surely be looking forward to another round of goodies
when Budget 2013 is tabled on Sept 28.
1Malaysia shops selling groceries, books and fabrics have been opened.
So have 1Malaysia clinics. Still all these gifts have failed to ignite
the excitement of the rakyat. As quickly the excitement builds up, just
as quickly it dies down. The air around seems to have gone stale. There
is no energy in the atmosphere.
Even the much-touted “Janji Ditepati” Merdeka theme for this year fails
to generate any “Oomph!” or “Rah rah rah!” effect. In Chinese
metaphysics, we say that there is no “qi” or energy force.
The federal government is just not exciting anymore. It is just like an
old machine coughing and spluttering after being started up.
Perhaps a much-needed change is just what this weary nation needs in
order to inject fresh energy and vigour into the hearts and minds of all
We need rejuvenation and new invigorating energy. Therefore, we need to
look forward to something new, something bright and something different
to give us hope for the future.