And away we go! The Election Commission has set the date for Wednesday, May 9. Already punters are suggesting the weekday polls are an attempt to keep working people away and the official campaign period is just 11 days, a drop on 2013. I’m really looking forward to South China Morning Post’s Bhavan Jaipragas to knock up an analysis piece on timing meaning minimal room for celebration and/or protests ahead of Ramadan kicking off on the 15th.
It’ll be all eyes on Johor, with the state set to benefit big from UMNO who worry it could slip from their hands. This Reuters piece looks at the how and why and what impact that could have on Najib Razak, who is likely to be returned as prime minister but still wounded. The crown prince of Johor isn’t taking any chances, calling on the state to return the government even if they’re not too keen on the ‘skipper’. Controversy ensued.
Meanwhile, Mahathir Mohamad is all but confirmed to contest in Langkawi in his home state Kedah. He’s been doing a lot of leg-work in the tourism hub over the last few weeks and it’s pretty much a go-er at this stage.
And Mahathir really put his foot in it after using the word ‘keling’, a slur referring to Indian people. He is refusing to apologise but the criticism is mounting and really, why are you picking a fight weeks out of an election?
Plans for the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia to challenge the Registrar of Societies over the temporary forced dissolution of the party have been dropped.
See you Friday where we’ll take a look at all the manifestos!