Speculation on early election as PM visits S’wak

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s three-day visit to Sarawak, starting this evening, has sparked off speculation for an early state election as elaborate programmes have been laid down for him and his wife Rosmah Mansor.

During the visit, he is expected to meet with the state BN leaders to discuss the state’s preparations for the coming state election although there is no mention of him meeting them in the programme.

Political observers said that all programmes arranged for Najib and statements made by BN leaders seemed to point to an early election.

Many had expected it to be held in September this year.

The term for the current state assembly should end in June next year.

Yesterday, Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen (left) told newsmen that the visit by the  PM indicated an early election for Sarawak and during the visit he would bring a lot of ‘election goodies’ and make many election promises.

“He will act as ‘Santa Claus’ distributing election goodies especially to the rural people,” said Chong who is the Kota Sentosa State assemblyperson.

“But don’t underestimate the intelligence of the rural people now - they know what is good and what is bad.

“We have gone through a number of elections, and we know the voters will not be swayed easily by such goodies and promises,” he said.

As for the DAP, they would not be intimidated by the ‘election goodies’.

Programmes for PM

Meanwhile, this evening the prime minister will open Sarawak Urban Transformation Centre and the following day he will fly to Sri Aman where he will lay the foundation of the much-talked-about Sri Aman Hospital.

After the function, he will proceed to Beladin to perform a ground-breaking ceremony for the Beladin Community Hall.

In the afternoon, Najib will fly to Serian where he will open the Selabi water treatment plant. He is also expected to announce the upgrading of Serian district into a division.

Tomorrow night, the prime minister and his wife will attend a Chinese New Year celebration with other BN leaders.

Some 40,000 people are expected to attend at the Dewan Masyarakat Kuching.

Before returning to Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, he will visit Satok Food Centre, where he will hand over aid to victims of the recent floods.

on Malaysiakini(26/2/2015)