BN is now a caretaker government

Opinion  |  Tommy Thomas
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COMMENT | The dissolution of Parliament and the calling of GE14 results in the Najib administration becoming a caretaker government until election day. The expression “caretaker government” is accepted in practical politics, rather than defined in constitutional or legal terms.

It represents a political reality, namely, to describe a government that is in charge of a nation on a temporary basis and for a short duration. A caretaker government is thus an interim government, not intended to govern on a permanent basis.

The practical effects of the BN caretaker government are that:-

i. the affairs of the state are still notionally in the hands of the prime minister and his cabinet, and they still represent the executive branch. But they would be busy campaigning on a full time basis to ensure their re-election. Thus their full attention would be devoted to party matters, rather than to governmental affairs; and...

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