Tuesday, August 4, 2009

State elections in Perak soon?

There is growing anticipation that a snap elections may be called in Perak to end the political turmoil in the state by the end of the year.

This is based on the people-friendly measures taken by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak through his 1Malaysia concept.While Barisan Nasional touts the 1Malaysia concept as a move to unite the various races, Perak DAP deems it as 'throwing bait to fish for votes' in the state.DAP vice-president M Kulasegaran told Malaysiakini that Najib is sending out feelers to gauge the mood of the voters."Najib is carrying a lot of baggage which includes the power seizure in Perak, which is politically weighing him down."By calling for a snap state election, he hopes to mend bridges with the public," he said.

According to Kulasegaran, there is also speculation that the two former PKR members - Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi and Mohd Osman Jailu - are having second thoughts about their decision to quit Pakatan."There are indications that they may want to come back as it seems their expectations of the crossover did not materialise," he said. He said whether Pakatan wants to take them back is another question but the uncertainty in the political climate of the razor-thin majority of BN in Perak is showing its effects.
And Najib, he added, does not want to be held for ransom by the 'three frogs'.Apart from Jamaluddin and Mohd Osman, another Pakatan rep DAP's Hee Yit Foong also quit the opposition alliance, leading to BN seizing control of the state.

Manek Urai boosts confidenceMeanwhile, Najib's confidence has also been bolstered by the result of the July 14 Manek Urai by-election in Kelantan.BN had only lost the state seat - which is considered a PAS stronghold - by a mere 65 votes. Another theory comes from DAP Perak chairperson Ngeh Koo Ham who stated that the Pakatan held state assembly sitting under a tree on March 3 is legal by law so the next sitting must be held by September.But for BN, the last sitting was the infamous one held on May 7 and therefore the next sitting is only due in November.
10(2) of the Standing Orders of the Perak State Assembly states that the assembly must sit within six months of the last sitting but is silent on the consequences if the sitting is not convened.The last state budget was held last November and the next state budget is due this year. If the state assembly sitting does not materialise then the civil service in the state will be financial paralysed .Another reliable source has confirmed that the cabinet had recently discussed the possibility of calling for a snap election in Perak.

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