Tuesday October 30, 2007
PETALING JAYA: The guessing game on when the next general election will be held has started. Sabah Progressive Party president Datuk Yong Teck Lee believes that the elections will be called in November.
Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang went one step further – he predicted that the date would be Nov 25, if the elections were to be held this year.
Yong said there were indications that the prime minister could call for snap polls next month in view of various political and economic factors.
“I am reading various signals. I think it is possible now that Hari Raya is over, it could be held before the Hari Raya Haji and before the year is out,” said Yong when launching the SAPP operations centre in Kota Kinabalu yesterday.
On anticipated issues in the coming elections, he said that inflation triggered by increasing international oil prices needed to be addressed and he hoped that the Government would not impose any new taxes that would affect the people.
Yong, a former chief minister who was disqualified for five years for a billboard offence during the 1999 state elections, said he was ready to make a comeback.
“I am available either for parliament or state,” he said.
Lim said he expected Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to announce the dissolution of Parliament at the end of the Umno general assembly on Nov 9.
He said there was also a 50% possibility that the elections would only be held next year.
If so, the “hottest date” would be mid-March, he said.
The bets are on a November general election