UMNO’S ‘INTERNAL PROBLEMS’ GETTING CRITICAL: NAJIB TO CALL GE14 IN MAY – PAS WARNS PARLIAMENT DISSOLVED IN MARCH/APRIL
PAS vice-president Iskandar Samad believes that the 14th general election will be held in May next year, based on information he claims to have received from government agencies and other factors.
“This conclusion was drawn due to the implementation of several federal government projects that would typically be seen during election seasons.
“The Election Commission also appears to have issued briefing schedules for its election staff,” Iskandar said in a statement issued yesterday evening.
He expects political campaigning to heat up during the Chinese New Year celebrations between late January and February.
“Surely the BN will use celebration events to campaign and announce their ‘sweeteners’ to the public.
“Then, Parliament will be dissolved in late-March or April, forcing an election within 60 days,” said Iskandar, who is also the assemblyperson for Cempaka and a Selangor state executive councillor.
He added that that another consideration for holding the general election sooner than scheduled was the weakening of the ringgit and Umno’s internal problems, which he speculated would get worse over time.
PAS is in a strong position
As for his predictions for PAS, Iskandar believes that the party is in a strong position because it has the strongest election machinery among all opposition parties.
PAS has the advantage of incumbency in Kelantan, while controlling a large number of seats in Kedah, Terengganu and Selangor.
“PAS has a good chance of taking Kedah and Terengganu,” he said.
An added bonus for PAS, said Iskandar, was the fact that party leaders who lost during the 2014 internal elections have left the party to form Amanah.
“The leaders and members who remain with PAS are all in one mind,” he said.
Iskandar said he was sounding the war drums early to ensure that party members get prepared for a snap election and resolve all outstanding issues.
“This is our best chance to topple BN, or expand our control of other states,” he said.