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Dr M tells Najib to delay polls, as racial divide widens
KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak should only call for general elections next year as there is currently too much racial division in the country, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed said today. Barisan Nasional (BN) suffered historic losses in the 2008 elections, losing its customary two-thirds parliamentary majority and four states in a result that was widely blamed on splits within the dominant Malay demographic and dissatisfaction among Chinese and Indian voters.
“It (national polls) shouldn’t be this year, but it’s up to the PM, sometimes I forget I’m no longer PM,” he told reporters today.
Dr Mahathir said he was concerned that Malaysians were now even more divided than ever, and that this had never happened when he was prime minister.
“I feel people are still divided, racial division at its peak.
“Last time, the Chinese had no problem with BN. In 1999, with Anwar’s black eye, the opposition got Malay support, but the Chinese supported BN. We still had two-thirds back then,” he explained.
Najib ly hinted in a speech to Selangor Umno that the next general election is “just around the corner”.
The Malaysian Insider understands, however, that Najib is likely to delay snap polls until the end of this year or early 2012 as his party hunts for funds to finance a campaign to court Bumiputera and Indian voters and secure a two-thirds parliamentary majority.
It is understood Umno’s coffers were depleted after BN spent some RM500 million for the April 16 Sarawak election.
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim told The Malaysian Insider that he believes Umno’s increasingly ultra-Malay stance as well as the emergence of a sex video aimed at discrediting PR’s image are definite signs that general elections will be called by August.
But BN insiders say Najib is cautious about calling elections soon as he wants to regain the coalition’s two-thirds parliamentary majority which now appears impossible with the Chinese snub continuing in the Sarawak election.
Chinese-based MCA took a battering in the historic general election — which also robbed BN of its customary two-thirds majority — when the party won only 15 out of 40 parliamentary seats it contested.