Najib Calling Early General Election? October 23, 2009Posted by malaysianstory in 1Malaysia, A New Chapter, Malaysian Story, Najib Tun Razak.
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Words are spreading like wildfire within Umno circle that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will call for an early general election, probably in the first quarter of 2011, barely two years after assuming the premiership post.
“It will be early 2011,” a close-aide to Najib and an Umno strongman said.
Najib is buoyed and confident over his 1Malaysia, People’s First and Performance Now slogans which he thinks have turned into magic and widely accepted by the people.
The recent Umno Constitution Amendments had also increased the people’s perception and support for Najib and his popularity had also doubled due to his well-liked policies and administration of the country.
Najib had been harping on the rakyat slogans ever since he took office in April this year. I still remember his walkabout sessions in Petaling Street’s China Town, Kampung Kerinchi and Brickfields during his first week as PM. His walkabout in Puduraya was the last that I could remember.
An Umno division head in the federal Territory said Najib did not want to continue leading the country under the feeble mandate given by the people during Pak Lah’s administration, less than two-thirds majority. The mandate received by Pak Lah was the worst in Barisan Nasioanl history.
“He destroyed Umno and BN and wreaked havoc the country,” Pak Lah’s predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir once said.
Najib has every reason to call for an early general election as he wants a new mandate, a true mandate by the people to appraise his leadership qualities and policies.
“Najib needs a strong mandate to carry on with his work and policies for the rakyat. He needs more time to implement all policies he had promised to them. He cannot have peace of mind with a weak mandate,” the division chief who wished not to be named said.
With Makkal Sakthi (The People’s Power) declaring support for BN and Najib, he hopes to muster Indians support through the newly-formed party. Najib has lost faith with MIC as long as Samy Velu is there. Many had also asked why Najib did not use his position to force Samy to step down. It is not Najib’s character and style to do so as it might backfire on him and cost BN dearly in the next general election. That is the main reason why Najib had accepted Makkal Sakthi’s invitation to officiate the opening ceremony of the party.
It is also a clear signal of Najib’s unhappiness to MIC and Samy Velu. But being deaf and dumb, Samy just couldn’t care less as long as he remains in power and hold his grip tightly on the party.
With MCA now facing uncertainties and leadership crisis, Najib will be at the crossroad whether to call for an early general election or hold on to power with the weak mandate obtained by his processor Pak Lah.
We hope Najib will not make the wrong decision. He should not take all advice from his subordinates in his office. And Najib should be extra cautious with the advice given by his “blue-eyed boy “ and all his boot-lick friends.