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MPs growing weary of guessing game

 | June 29, 2012

Najib's announcement that Budget 2013 will be tabled in September has put paid to hopes that the June sitting of Parliament may be the last before the polls are called.

PETALING JAYA: Most MPs do not think Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak would call for general election soon and they are gearing themselves up for the September parliamentary session.

Although expressing some sense of tiredness waiting for the polls date to be announced, many seemed resigned to the possibility that the election will be called next year.

Deputy Higher Education Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said while there was no sense of deep frustration among the MPs, there was some “fatigue” in the ranks over the waiting game.

“People thought the March sitting would be the last session before the 13th general election but that was not to be.

“The PM’s announcement that Budget 2013 will be tabled at the September session has also put paid to hopes that the June session of Parliament may be the last before the polls are called.”

Hulu Selangor MP, P Kamalanathan, said: “We do talk and joke about it [election date] to relieve tension but there is no real frustration among the MPs. We just have to wait and see.

“The PM didn’t say anything about election dates. Analysts have predicted dates and when it doesn’t happen, they blame the PM. The PM has not asked us to predict the dates,” he said.

Kamalanathan added that all MPs have already been officially informed of the coming sitting, and they have been preparing themselves for it.

DAP’s John Fernandez said that Najib needed the next session as it was crucial to “hand out goodies”.

‘They [Barisan Nasional] need to empty the coffers first before he calls for the election,” he said in jest. The Seremban MP, nevertheless, agreed that there was fatigue among MPs.

“Financially, physically and mentally there is a some sense of fatigue. MPs are putting their plans on hold because of the uncertainty over when polls will be called.

“Some of their children may want to get married and they have to put plans on hold. MPs’ holidays are also on hold… that does tend to have an effect on them,” he said.

Kepong MP, Tan Seng Giaw, said that it was not easy to predict when the election will be held, especially with the Haj pilgrimage season and year-end festivities.

“Forecasting the election is like forecasting the weather. If you say something and it turns out wrong, people would think you are unreliable.

“The honest answer will be to admit that we don’t know because I don’t think even Najib knows when to call for the election,” he said.


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