We've heard of UMNO Terengganu going to the polls early because of Ahmad Said's attempt to kacau the establishment and then we've heard of Musa Hitam telling us BN under Najib will go for an early elections, as early as one year before it's due for a timely renewal in 2018, because Mahathir's Bumi Party won't be ready in the meanwhile.
And we've just heard of Wong Chun Wai (of the Star Online) discussing snap elections to be called by BN. He was reported to have said:
THE word in Putrajaya these days is that the next general election will be held as early as next year although the term of the present administration will only end in May 2018.
All indications point to the possibility of an early poll and the order has been given to heads of the Barisan Nasional component parties to activate their campaign machinery soon.
One component party has already notified its chosen candidates to enable them to get down to work in the respective parliamentary constituencies and to work with the respective division heads to get operations started.
Last week, former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Musa Hitam predicted that the Barisan will hold the next general election “very soon,” saying this had to be done before Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s new party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, gained a foothold.
But strangely, mute silence prevails all around and for good reason ..... because Lim Guan Eng is not involved.
It's okay for BN or UMNO to call for early elections or Azmin Ali to hold by-elections in Kajang but whoa, should Guan Eng suggest anything of that nature, the bullshitters galore led by Nat Tan will come out to wail and groan about Guan Eng suppressing democracy.
Though the snap elections in Penang has been abandoned due to the cowardly and selfish nature of PKR, I still want to blog on it.
When Pakatan Rakyat went to the Penang public in 2008 and especially 2013, it presented itself as Pakatan Rakyat, a conglomerate comprising PKR, DAP and PAS.
But midstream in their course, Pakatan Rakyat collapsed due to acrimony between hudud-bent PAS and a secular DAP. I won't go into who's right or who's wrong - you decide for yourself though I need to say this, DAP hasn't been an angel, wakakaka.
Thousands of PAS' members had been dismissed from Penang state authorities, much to the annoyance of PAS. And really, when you represent yourself in 2013 as Pakatan Rakyat but you're thus no more. isn't it right that the Pakatan Rakyat or what's left of it should go back to the people to ask for another mandate?
Tell the Penangites you're Pakatan Rakyat no more but Pakatan Harapan in a new election! And that's why a snap election was vital in Penang.
When 5 of you Pakatan Harapan people or Aduns (with some of you as excos) believe the land reclamation project militates against the Penangites' wishes, you have a right to present your case to the people, and so do the others, whether DAP, PKR or UMNO. Thus a snap election should have been called for.
The state constituency of Air Putih will be left without a rep when (not if) Guan Eng is sent to prison because no by-election will be held when the life-term of a government is less than 2 years. But a snap election remedies that, as Air Putih is entitled to a by-election following the result of a new or snap election, and a fresh term state government whoever that may be. And that is precisely why a snap election should be held.
PKR must get used to the fact that PAS will from today be an interfering body for UMNO, as it realizes its loss of Chinese support with its ouster from Pakatan and thus its dream of conquering and winning some 60 federal seats to become a real force in Malaysian politics. Thus it resigns itself now to playing interference for UMNO for whatever it can get. PKR must accept that there'll be 3-corner fights from now on.
It would have given PKR the opportunity to test out its lover-boy PAS, on how loyal or faithful the latter is in Selangor. and for it (PKR) to make up its mind instead of being in its current political limbo, a situation in which PKR can be said to be politically hidup segan mati ta'mahu.
And at no time would UMNO be more vulnerable as it is right now.
But where are the moans and groans of the nay-sayers, especially Nat Tan of PKR?