UMNO will be meeting on this friday on the holding of a rehearsal for the imminent general elections-giving an important sign for the possible calling of early general elections, possibly in June/July, just ahead of the fasting month. There has been a heated debate in the background on when the general elections may be called. 2 possibilities have been tossed around:
June/July-1.to take advantage of the voters’ grattude from the massive allocations and vote-buying in Sarawak state elections. The longer the general elections are dragged on the lesser this effect will be;
2. The Opposition parties are ill-prepared to counter the BN’s campaign-even though BN will also need to top up its war-chest; Relatively BN can recover from the election exhaustion in Sarawak faster than PR due to BN’s abuse of government funds;
3. Economy may take a turn for the worse later;
Early next year: 1. to work on the dislodging of Sarawak CM Taib-who will become the ready target or the Opposition in the general elections;
2.to give time to work on dissatisfaction of Chinese /urban voters;
3. to give time for Opposition to weaken itself through party conflicts when there is no elections to focus their mind on.
4. to pass through the Parliament the 30-amendments to the Election laws to change the rule of the game/shift the goal post;
So; the chance of an imminent general election is there whether in 1-2 months or 6-8 months.