Malaysia’s Najib Razak dissolves Parliament

April 6, 2017

Malaysia’s Najib dissolves Parliament paving way for tough election

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the dissolution of parliament on Friday, more than two months before the end of his five-year term, paving the way for a general election.
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A woman passes a live telecast of Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak addressing the nation on the dissolution of Parliament at a electronics shop in Port Klang, Malaysia April 6, 2018. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin

Najib, 64, burdened by a multi-billion dollar scandal linked to a state fund, is under pressure to deliver an emphatic win for his Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition as he struggles to appease voters unhappy with rising living costs and blunt a challenge by his old mentor and former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Najib is widely expected to retain power, especially with a deep rift between Mahathir’s opposition alliance and the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), which analysts expect will split the opposition vote.

Najib said he met Malaysia’s King, Sultan Muhammad V, to gain approval for the dissolution. “The king has permitted for parliament to be dissolved effective Saturday, April 7,” Najib said in a special announcement on the state TV broadcaster.

“If victory is given to BN, we promise to do our best, to carry out a bigger, more inclusive and more comprehensive transformation of the country,” Najib said.

Polling must be held within 60 days from the dissolution of parliament. The Election Commission is expected to meet within the week to announce a date for the vote.

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Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad smiles during an interview with Reuters in Putrajaya, Malaysia, March 30, 2017. (Reuters) 

Najib’s announcement comes on the back of robust growth for Malaysia, buoyed by a recovery in global crude oil prices and increased trade and infrastructure investment from Malaysia’s largest trading partner, China.

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A general election was widely expected to be called last year, but Najib held off, apparently to allow time for the introduction of budgetary reforms aimed at lower income families and rural voters, who make up a key voting bloc for his ruling BN coalition.

The government has also approved the election commission’s plan to redraw electoral boundaries and passed a contentious anti-fake news bill, changes that the opposition claims would favor Najib and his ruling allies.

Najib’s United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party heads the ruling coalition that has held power since Malaysia’s independence in 1957. The coalition lost the popular vote in the last election, in 2013, but Najib held on to power with a smaller majority in parliament.

But a weaker result, even if the coalition retains power, could lead to an internal leadership challenge against Najib.

 Bitter Battle

Najib resisted demands to step down in mid-2015 following reports of financial mismanagement at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), including that $681 million was deposited into his personal bank account.

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Najib has denied any wrongdoing. Transactions related to 1MDB are under investigation in six countries including the United States, Singapore and Switzerland.

Najib has clamped down on dissent, sacking critics from his cabinet and party who questioned his involvement in 1MDB. The scandal has created a rift between Najib and 92-year-old Mahathir, who ruled for 22 years before retiring in 2003, and has become Najib’s harshest critic.

With the common goal of taking down Najib, Mahathir has joined hands with his former deputy and jailed opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, ending a bitter feud that had shaped the country’s political narrative over two decades.

*Reporting by Joseph Sipalan, Rozanna Latiff, A.Ananthalakshmi; Additional reporting by Emily Chow and Liz Lee; editing by Praveen Menon and Michael Perry



7 thoughts on “Malaysia’s Najib Razak dissolves Parliament

  1. Can i announce the Polling day, before EC?
    06.05.2018 – British date system. Exactly one week before 0513.

    CLF, it has to be during the school holidays since schools have been used as polling stations. Furthermore, Big Momma has to consult her bomos and shamans for the appropriate polling day.

    Najib wants to regain 2/3 rd majority to secure his Presidency of UMNO. If the Octo Plus 13 can deny him this, he should be happy. Don’t dream of capturing Putrajaya. As we agreed, taking over power in GE-14 is wishful thinking. The Opposition which is a hodgepodge of stragglers has no credibility and their manifesto is suspect. Kit Siang, Octo and others must retire to make way for Nurul Izzah’s generation. That means Guan Eng, Sivarasa, Tian Chua et.el must go too. Look beyond GE-14, I would say.

    With regard to GST, all I can say is that the devil is in the details. We are good at collecting taxes, but we cannot manage the budget prudently.–Din Merican

  2. Dato’ Din, the GST is nothing else, but to cover his lavish spendings for Rakyat (so called for development/progress ) , may appear so, but partially to cover the 1MDB Debacle as well….? ?

    • As far as i know Abnizar, the GST is being used for current operating expenditure – especially that of the over-bloated, deadwood civil service. Now if the powers to be have the political cojones to cut the bureaucracy by 25%, the savings will be more than adequate to reduce our current account deficit significantly.

      At the moment rest assured that the health and education for the Simpletons are progressively being strangled. For example, the HbA1c tests for monitoring Diabetes, is being reduced to once annually. Might as well not do it.

      The 1MDeBacle’s outstanding debt is being paid off by selling land – not only to stat bodies like Bank Negara (which is unconscionable) and kick-backs from mega-projects to PRC high and mighty developers. Need cash pronto to service the interest, ya?

      Tanah Pusaka? No worries lots of acreage left.., which begs the question to PH – what to do with this scandal, that won’t go away by plain wishing, rhetoric, polemics and magic. Octo may wanna to squeeze his nemesis to kingdom come, but the hoard is just plain missing or transferred to brazen crooks hidden accounts, and as preferential ‘units’ – not worth the paper they are printed on.

      AMLA (Anti-Money Laundering Act) requires not the US, Swiss, Singapore, Luxembourg and the rest of the world’s monitoring agencies (in this case, esp UK – with it’s overseas dependencies aka Bermuda, Cayman etc) to do the needful. Meanwhile, Feh Chai is living a hog-in-heaven’s life in Shanghai and environs..

      Faham ke?

  3. Ye s , i follow your arguments….. all i am saying is that PM Najib is ‘pledging’ all our real estates, lands and properties of Malaysia with such haste , too fast & much too much , why , if not in such clamour for progress , which I am sure Economist will say , it is to do with ‘ productivity’ . But we just feel things have become saturated….congested….and/or camouflaged as ” Progressive” ? –

    Don;t know….is that ‘good ‘ ?

  4. The rate things are going, too fast ….rakyat becoming ‘becoming’ restless ….and breathless…. the rate it is going , it is not development but ‘encroachment ‘ every sphere of activity……, much too fast, we feel that we are being ‘ CHOKED’ and ” Croak ” with the Congested roads , as they tend to become reckless////

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