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 problems..like 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.