Sabah Barisan National leaders are all for Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak finishing his full five year term, which is less than 10 months away.
According to them only then could the people “judge him on his ideas and track record” as requested by Najib himself at a function in April this year.
Barisan Nasional’s current term ends on April 28 next year. Under Article 55 (3) of the Malaysian Constitution, Parliament stands automatically dissolved on April 28. That leaves Najib with less than 10 months.
BN component party Upko treasurer Dr Marcus Mojigoh said when the rakyat voted for BN in the 12th general election, the mandate was for five years.
“Calling for a snap polls may be perceived as the BN being desperate to hold onto Putrajaya.
“I believe the people would want the government to finish implementing its programmes like the BR1M and the various aid programmes for the youths, poor and the fishermen.
“Also the government must address the problems of the various ethnic groups. We don’t want them sulking and showing their unhappiness by voting for the opposition” he said.
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) chief VK Liew also reportedly feels that BN should finish its five-year term.
“Five years is the normal mandate given by the people. I believe when it (BN) goes for full term, the government is able to implement programmes and projects for the people,” he said.
Sabah BN secretary Abdul Rahman Dahlan opined that with Najib needed time to fully realize his economic, government and political transformation initiatives, which he has asked the rakyat to judge him on.
“The prime minister wants the rakyat to judge his leadership based on his efforts.
“As such I think the idea of going the full term is reasonable because any prime minister will need time to show his programmes, he said.
Umno, MCA gaining grounds
The issue of going the full term arose after Najib had on June 29 met with Barisan Nasional component party leaders in Kuala Lumpur and laid bare the facts of his ground analysis.
FMT reported that Najib’s ground analysis showed that only Umno and MCA had gained grounds in the peninsular since the 2008 political bashing while PPP was gaining strength in certain states.
BN’s core allies in the peninsular MIC and Gerakan had reportedly failed to regain the people’s trust.
As for Sabah, the analysis indicated that the BN component parties were holding strong.
The report noted that based on Najib’s call for another round of analysis, in 40 days time, it was unlikely that the 13th general election will be held anytime soon.
If anything it will only be held after Najib presents his budget on Sept 28.
Meanwhile DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang had also blogged about the meeting, noting that Najib “went to great pains” to deny that he was deliberately delaying the date of the general election.
Najib, Lim said, claimed there was ‘no’ lack of confidence in BN and that “the BN was given the mandate by the people for five years.