Published: Thursday January 17, 2013 MYT 11:26:00 PM
Updated: Thursday January 17, 2013 MYT 11:30:35 PM
Najib keeps them guessing about 13th GE
BY MAZWIN NIK ANIS, SIRA HABIBU and YUEN MEI KENG
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has hinted that the 13th general election is near but will let the people continue to guess the date.
The Barisan Nasional chairman said he liked the guessing game.
“Barisan has already ironed out most issues, including seat allocations and candidates.
“The question of when parliament will be dissolved - we have until April 28. We will know when the time comes. For the time being keep on guessing,” he told reporters after chairing the Barisan council meeting.
On the issue of candidates, Najib said that although most have been identified, the coalition was still scrutinising some of the candidates to ensure they were the right choice in terms of ability and acceptability.
He said although support for Barisan had increased, the coalition would not take things for granted and be comfortable with the present support.
“We must not act as if there's nothing that can threaten our position. We have to fortify efforts to make sure we do our best because many factors can affect the outcome of the election,” he added.
Asked whether this would be Barisan's last meeting before the election was called, he said this was not necessarily so as such meetings could be called anytime.
On the Royal Commission of Inquiry to look into the issue of illegal immigrants in Sabah, Najib said the commission was a clear manifestation of the government's sincerity to resolve the issue once and for all.
“In fact, credit should be given to Barisan because we dare to tackle the issue head on,” he said.
He reminded the public not to jump into conclusion as only several of the 167 witnesses had testified so far.
On the issue of citizenship awarded to foreigners, Najib said there was nothing wrong with doing so provided it was in accordance with the law.
“Many countries are also doing the same. I'm sure you know that,” he said.
He added the issue would not affect Barisan during election as it was a genuine effort to resolve the issue and pointed out that it was Barisan component parties in Sabah that had asked for the RCI.
However, he said, the issue should not be spun out of context.