WHY MALAYSIA'S NEXT GENERAL ELECTION CANNOT HAPPEN SOONER. MIC president S. Samy Vellu says he will stick to his - he will step down "eight or nine months" before the expiry of his term in May 2012. Not sooner, not later.
Which means September next year at the earliest or latest by October 2011.
Now, the PM would want to wait for this to happen before he calls for the next general election. Why? Samy Vellu's contributions to Malaysian politics and the Indian community are immense, whether you like him or not, and his voluntary retirement is likely to create a feel good factor that may benefit Najib (assumming that his Administration continues to gain ground on the economic front, makes progress on the objectives of NEM, and scores well on the KPI and NKRAs).
When Dr M quit at the end of 2003 after 22 years as prime minister, it created the settings for Abdullah to notch one of BN's biggest general election wins the following year. Samy Vellu is no Mahathir but the effect of his retirement from politics will be felt in a big way, and Najib will want to use this to his advantage.
Read the press release issued by Samy Vellu's office on his resignation, here.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
PRU 13, not before 11/11
At 7:02 pm