Najib Maintains Guessing Game On Simultaneous Elections

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is maintaining a guessing game whether the 13th General Election (GE) will be held simultaneously with the Sarawak state election.

“Can you wait-and-see. I will consider anything. Anything is possible,” he said when asked on the possibility of the two elections being held together .

Asked further by reporters after he had launched the 1Malaysia Youth Fund here Friday whether the Barisan Nasional (BN) was ready to face the two elections in one go, Najib, who is also BN chairman, said:”In an election anything can happen.”

Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud has been reported as saying that he would discuss with Najib on the possibility of having the 13th GE and and Sarawak state election, which must be called by July, together.

The 13th GE need only be called in 2013.

On the Merlimau state seat in Melaka, Najib said a by-election for it could not be avoided.

“No matter, we will face it when the Election Commission calls a by-election for the seat. I am confident Melaka BN is well prepared for the by-election,” he said.

The incumbent, Datuk Mohamad Hidhir Abu Hassan, 54, of the BN, died of heart failure at the Putra Specialist Hospital in Melaka Thursday.

On the emergence of Parti Kesejahteraan Insan Tanah Air (KITA), Najib said its presence showed that democracy was thriving in Malaysia.

“Anyone can form a political party in Malaysia and as long as they follow the laws of the country, they can contest in elections and the like, no problems,” he said.

Asked about the presence of Datuk M. Kayveas, the president of BN component party PPP at the launching of KITA, Najib said:”It’s ok. It’s all right. We don’t fight with everybody. Sometimes we can be civil to one another.”