I refer to the malaysiakini report your report Give 3-month notice for dissolution PM urged. I doubt very much the present regime is going to accede to the request of the opposition leader to give a three-month notice before parliament is dissolved and the next general election is held.
Being the incumbent government since independence, the present regime will use all the advantages of its incumbency to win big at the coming polls. The present regime will use all the dirty tricks at their disposal too to deny the oppositions parties a level playing field in the coming general elections.
Everything points to a snap general election to takes the wind out of the opposition's sail. Anwar Ibrahim was denied the presidency of PKR due to the Registrar of Societies ruling that he can't contest any political election before April 2008. He is in a limbo as far as his political situation is concern as he cannot claim to be a party president who can discus parliamentary seat allocations with other opposition parties.
The recent hefty salary revision for the 1.2 million civil servants will make them beholden to the present government and the will vote for the incumbent regime to remain in office. On top of that, the good run of our stock exchange and the high commodity prices on the world market will further reinforce the 'feel good factor'.
Let us also not forget that with the machinery at BN's disposal and an Election Commission chairperson who seems to be blind to electoral irregularities, the opposition parties will find it hard to win more seats both at the state and federal levels.
Pak Lah needs a new mandate from the public to stamp his authority on Umno as well as the government as there are a large number of 'hanger-ons' from the Mahathir's era whose loyalties are suspect. They need to be removed in order for all the president's men to take over, so to speak.
Malaysians are a docile lot who normally won't want to rock the boat and replace the present regime with the opposition. Even with the charismatic Anwar Ibrahim leading the opposition charge, they will have a tough task in denying BN its two-thirds majority.
One can only pray that the premier has his ear to the ground and will find the strength in his heart to replace the corrupt leaders with younger and better qualified ones who can take our country to new heights and prosperities.
Surely we don't need the old and tainted ministers and chief ministers who have been in their posts for ages still contesting in elections. Rafidah Aziz, S Samy Vellu, Taib Mahmud and their ilk, are you listening?