Okay, how should we do this today? Let’s look at the dissolution of the parliament and what happens next and then follow up with what just happened with Mahathir Mohamad’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.
Yesterday, PM Najib Razak announced he would dissolve the parliament today leaving the Election Commission in the clear to set a date. It’s looking likely to be sometime late-April to early-May, which is pretty bang on with most prediction.
“With my deputy Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and other leaders from the [ruling] Barisan Nasional coalition, I will now travel across the country to explain our manifesto to voters and urge them to give us the support to once again form a strong and stable government,” Najib said during the speech. Nothing too out of the ordinary.
The real juicy stuff happened earlier in the week. Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, co-founded by Mahathir and a key flank to the Pakatan Harapan alliance, was suspended on Thursday. The Registrar of Societies said the party is suspended for 30 days after failing to produce necessary paperwork and are unable to use the name and any logos until it is sorted out.
Yeah, righto, says Mahathir, who has vowed to continue campaigning under the PH banner. Party members aren’t going anywhere either, thanks very much, and the 52 seats set to be contested by Pribumi still will be, whether as ‘members of the party formerly known as PPBM' or otherwise. If anything, it proves Najib is shooketh, Mahathir said.
I’m really looking forward to insightful and smart analysis over the coming days, so expect plenty of food for thought next week.
There’s been two REALLY great ‘what you should know’ pieces in the last few days which I’d recommend forwarding to friends who ask: Nikkei Asia Review and from CNN. And anything about Sabah and Sarawak is deeply appreciated by me, so thank you New Mandala!