“We have no choice. We have to be ready, how long can we give the excuse that we are not ready? How long can we delay the election and say that we are still saddled with problems that we had to face during the rehabilitation before?”
Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein saying the time has come for Barisan Nasional (BN), particularly Umno, to face a general election and prove that past weaknesses and mistakes have been overcome. The home minister said BN must be prepared to face the 13th general election without dilly-dallying anymore. (Source: BN must face general election: Hishammuddin, My Sinchew, 5 July 2010)
“I need at least six months to a year to stabilise the party. I need unity of purpose by party members to achieve a common agenda.”
“In politics, nothing is impossible. But to your question [that snap polls could be called as early as September 2010], I think it is unlikely.”
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek telling reporters that MCA is not ready to face a snap general election this year as it was still recovering from the past year of internal strife. Chua was speaking to reporters at a special interview with media organisations in conjunction with his 100th day as MCA president. (Source: MCA not ready for snap polls this year, Malaysiakini, 5 July 2010)
“You cannot work elections in six months’ time, you have to work over two, three years. It will be suicide if [a general election] is held tomorrow or even in a year’s time.”
“The signal from the last elections will tell you that we have not recovered yet. We have not resolved all our problems yet…we are just giving medicine, we have not fully recovered. In fact, it’s suicidal. In my opinion, elections should only be held in 2013.”
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz responding to reporters’ questions in Parliament on whether snap polls were likely. Former Wanita Umno chief and former minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz, when interviewed, also denied that snap elections were around the corner. (Source: No snap polls yet, BN leaders say, The Malaysian Insider, 6 July 2010)
“I cannot say one way or the other. If it (general election) happens, it will be a surprise. What is important is to work hard in the spirit of 1Malaysia.”
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak answering questions on whether he would call for a general election in the near future after a Merdeka Centre survey showed his approval ratings had increased. (Source: Najib: Polls date will surprise everybody, The Star, 17 June 2010)
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Buat pertama kali dalam sejarah negara, BN begitu takut untuk menghadapi pilihanraya, walaupun PM baru mendapat populaliti yg dianggap tinggi. Yang menunggu-nunggukan PRU13 nampaknya adalah rakyat jelata dan Pakatan sahaja.
Prime Minister calls for General Election? It’s as if most citizens actually think that he has the legal right to do so. It’s interesting to see this perception. If citizens/voters have ideas or opinions on the call for general election, they should publish them in the cloud. I wonder if how the one who really has the legal right to call for general election feels to know the overwhelming perception of most citizens? Perhaps His Majesty also doesn’t know his own constitutional right?
Whatever the timing, BN’s days in power are numbered.