KUALA LUMPUR - The date when the 13th general election will be held continues to be the main talking point among Malaysians. When will parliament be dissolved to make way for general election continues to be speculated on by many quarters.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak recently made an official visit to Sabah and held a closed meeting with Sabah BN leaders.
A BN leader told reporters later that Najib reminded that the general election is close. The statement is just a reminder to BN component parties in Sabah to be ready for general election at any time.
Determining the date is the right of the prime minister who advises the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to dissolve parliament, prompting the Election Commission (EC)to determine the dates for nomination and polling.
Political observers said several factors indicate that dissolution of parliament may be in May or June, with general election held within 60 days.
The first factor is Najib's cancellation of the Public Service New Remuneration Scheme (SBPA) and adoption of an improved Malaysian Remuneration Scheme (SSM).
Resolving the issue is very important as it involves 1.4mil civil servantswho implement transformation policies and improvements for the people andgovernment.
With the decision well received by civil servants, there is no reason forthem not to continue supporting the BN government which has looked after the welfare of their children and ensure a brighter future.
The second factor is that Najib and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin havebeen on nationwide tours every weekend to meet the people, as promised at a press conference after Umno General Assembly 2010.
Umno information chief Datuk Ahmad Maslan sounded the war drum by asking BN's election machinery, particularly Umno, to get into fifth gear as general election is close. He was quoted as saying that general election rarely exceeds four years and therefore, election is at most five months away.
The third factor is the Umno assembly which has been deferred 18 months to Sept 2013. The last aassembly held in March 2009 was to consolide and avoid tussle for posts to focus on general election.
The fourth factor which points towards May or June is Malaysia's economy which is poised to continue its progress in 2012, as stated by Oxford Business Group (OBG), a global publishing, intelligence research and consulting firm.