Friday, April 05, 2013

So..When Is the General Election?

Now that parliament has been dissolved -- and I can hear the sighs of relief - everybody wants to know when the election is.

But be patient. We've waited this long for the announcement on the dissolution of Parlaiment, we can wait a little bit longer ...
Next Wednesday (April 10) the Election Commission will hold a special meeting to decide the nomination and polling dates for the general election.
Many reckon that the dates are the least predictable since the country's independence in 1957.

Yesterday, Datuk Seri Najib Razak chaired the Barisan Nasional supreme council meeting. Later, he told the Press a lot of things, but not the candidates list, like who's who on it. Except tosay that it will be a surprise.

"There will be an element of surprise", he said.

Najib has hinted about the kind of candidates he wants. the word is "winnable".

Well, everybody thinks they are "winnable". Former MIC chief Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu thinks he is winnable and had offered to return to Sungai Siput as candidate.

 "I am a winnable candidate, there's no doubt about it. I am willing to re-contest the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat. Internal sabotage led to my defeat there in 2008 (general election)," he told reporters at Bukit Aman police headquarters ion Wednesday after handing over RM100,000 to the families of policemen killed and injured in the Lahad Datu terrorist intrusion.

Samy Vellu is BN coordinator for Sungai Siput, is also Special Envoy to India and South Asia for Infrastructure.

Last year, he blamed his former boss, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for his defeat in the 2008 general election to Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj of the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM).

Samy Vellu, former works minister, lost by a 1,821-vote majority in his stronghold.

Wow, some sabotage, Tun must have been doing.
Of course, last GE, many veterans and stalwarts such as he, lost in their own strong turf.

Anyway, it is official that he will not be contesting this GE.

As far back as last year, the PM was asked about election candidates.

But generally, when the PM talks about BN canidates for the GE, his recurring message is that they would be the best candidate for the BN - and it doesn't matter how old they are.

I'm not sure if he will "conform" to previous practices -- we had read all this before -- a mixed list - combination of old and new faces and so on.

So far, we know that Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat will not be contesting. Neither is former Wnaita Umno chief Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.

Said a veteran about Najib's element of surprise : "Real surprises can bring in 2008."

Without a doubt, it is a test for Najib -- between trying to please some people but not everyone.

We are waiting for the surprise....let's hope it's not a shock.
 And yes, when polling will be.

Meanwhile, tomorrow, the BN unveils its manifesto.


liyas said...

It will be on 27th of April

bruno said...

Nuraina,yes let the elections come,be done and gone.It has sure been a real distraction these last two years.Whoever wins let us hope that the people will close ranks and let these race based politicians be history at the same time.Have a nice weekend.

Anonymous said...

True, impossible to please everyone. Majority is what I'm hoping for.

Btw, after Bersih 1.0 and 2.0 and the fact that Anwar is 65 this year, I'm quite afraid as all I need is a peaceful election process. Watching Harris Ibrahim's words somewhat supports my imagination. Anyway, may God protect Malaysia.

Anonymous said...

the wayang continues......

Anonymous said...

Samy should not contest in GE13. him contesting will only invite disaster for BN in Sg Siput. PM has, countless times, on numerous occasions said that only winnable candidates will be fielded. Samy is not a winnable candidate.

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Nuraina, looks like it's going to be an interesting GE....the chess board is now in place....
Lets see who gets picked up, put aside and who gets checkmated.
Have a fun weekend and keep a song in your heart.
Best regards.

Anonymous said...

As And When EC Decides under Najib's Instructions of course!

More time needed for campaigning as per the Star's delaying reasons. Heh Heh.


Anonymous said...

Datuk, take on the gagap. You'll have my vote together with about 20000 more.

the gaffe guy who know's said...

The time has finally arrived.In a few weeks time we will finally see if Anwar can waltzed into Putrajaya or is it all big talk.

If it is all big talk that Malaysians will be having the most misery times of their lives for the next five years.For Umnoputras will be looting the country's coffers dry and high.

With Anwar out of the picture,in five years time the fat lady will definitely sing for the Umnoputras.With Anwar retired from politics many Malays and Umno members will support the PR to kick out the corrupted Umnoputras.What they do not like is Anwar to be the PM.

the gaffe guy who know's said...

Anon 10:24am

Umno needs Sam Vellu more than the Hindraf brothers,Uthar and Waythar.Sammy is no frog whereas the brothers are leap frogging everywhere.Money is king and the corrupted Umnoputras has container loads of them.Sammy cannot be bought as he has stacks of them,but the Hindraf guys are thirsty for the ringgit as Chuah Soi Lek is lusting for the pu*sy.

Anonymous said...

the gaffe guy in fact is as ignorant as the frog under the coconut shell.