The 13th Malaysian general elections are now predicted to be held in early July this year, on beliefs that the federal government led by current Prime Minister Najib Razak had not faced severe public backlash from the massive rally in Kuala Lumpur a week ago.
According to the Malaysian Insider, it quoted sources as saying that the general elections was “on track” to be held in early July, before the Ramadhan fasting month begins, as the Bersih 3.0 rally had not affected support for the National Front ruling coalition.
The web-based news portal also said the elections are unlikely to be held in June, as Najib would be away from the country in May for a vacation.
“After the UMNO (United Malay National Organization) anniversary celebrations on May 11, the Prime Minister will go for an event in London, and then, attend his son’s graduation before going off to Spain for a vacation,” Malaysian Insider reported, citing sources.
It also quoted the source as saying that the month of July looked good as most of the National Front warlords would be ready for the general elections before the fasting month began on July 19.
Previously, there were predictions that Najib could call the elections in May or June. The term for the current ruling government ends next year.
Najib is seen to be making his rounds in the country to rally support in recent months. Nevertheless, some media has suggested that he might delay calling the polls, following the massive rally for free and fair elections held in downtown Kuala Lumpur last week. While no official figure of attendees were given, some media outlets estimated that the number of people that had taken to the streets were higher than the second rally held last year for a similar cause.
However, at a recent press conference, Najib was quoted as saying that
the date of the election was not contingent upon the rally. “Well, it’s up to the public to decide. We will decide on the basis of how the people viewed the government, you see,” he was quoted as saying.
Earlier, Najib had condemned the rally-organized by a coalition of non-governmental organizations- that it was a means to topple the government via undemocratic means.
Najib was quoted as saying that the protesters wanted to take over the capital’s independence square not “for two or three hours but for two or three days or even longer, to show that the government cannot control the situation.”
“They wanted to make (Merdeka Square) like the Tahrir Square in Egypt,” he said.