Speech By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng During The DAP National Leadership Retreat In Subang, Selangor On 8.1.2018.
Following the comment by Umno supreme council member and Tourism & Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz that Parliament is likely to be dissolved in April, the 14th general elections is likely to be held before 17 May 2018. The present BN government’s term ends on June 24, the date which this Parliament was called and MPs sworn in, which requires the general election to be called within 60 days, the latest date by August 2018.
Just as Datuk Seri Nazri feels that Parliament will not dissolved when Parliamentary meeting is in session beginning from March 5 till April 4, general elections is unlikely to be held during the fasting(puasa month). The fasting month or Awal Ramadhan is expected to be on 16th May 2018, which means that general elections must be held before this date.
General elections cannot be held during the Hari Raya Puasa celebrations in June. It is also unlikely that the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will wait and allow Parliament to run its full term till 24 June 2018. This would mean that the general elections will be held in August 2018, which would see Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim already released from prison and free to campaign against BN.
The BN Federal government had announced that Datuk Seri Anwar will be released from prison on 8 June 2018. Datuk Seri Anwar campaigning in the general elections together with Pakatan Prime Minister designate Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the Deputy Prime Minister designate Datuk Seri Wan Azizah, would be the greatest nightmare of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Therefore, the latest date for general elections to be held will be before 16 May 2018, which is before the beginning of the puasa month. May 13 is also an unlikely date even though it falls on a Sunday, due to the direct connection to the bloody May 13 racial riots in 1969. This only leaves a late April and an early May date as the likeliest.
DAP directs all it state committees to gear up for a 100 day General Election countdown to prepare for DAP’s do-or-die battle to help Pakatan Harapan win the 14th general elections to save Malaysia and prevent the future of our children from being stolen. To win Putrajaya, Pakatan must also win in Perak, Kedah, Johor and Negeri Sembilan apart from retaining both Penang and Selangor. The DAP General Election machinery will be fully mobilised within 100 days to ensure that our organisation, publicity and financial mechanism is ready and functional together with the leadership team and candidate roster.
LIM GUAN ENG