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Adenan indicates state assembly dissolution 'days away'

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The Sarawak state legislative assembly may be dissolved in about a week's time, according to a report in the Borneo Post today.

The newspaper based this on Chief Minister Adenan Satem's remarks regarding the BN election manifesto.

According to the report, Adenan said the manifesto, which is being prepared, would be "released in about a week's time".

Asked if the manifesto would be released after the dissolution of the state assembly, he replied: "Of course."

"I'm beginning to announce the names (of candidates) now and I think by the end of the month, I will finalise everything.

"After this, I will advise the Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud to dissolve the Dewan and then after that, the Election Commission (EC) will take charge," Adenan said.

'BN will retain with more than a simple majority'

When pressed by reporters, the state BN chairperson refused to disclose the exact date for the release of the manifesto, apart from stating "very soon".

He added that there was "no point to speculate now".

To another question, Adenan expressed confidence that BN would retain the state with more than just a simple majority.

Asked about the sentiments of the people where those once opposed to BN are now returning to the fold, he replied: "I can sense that there is some movement there.

"But whether that is enough to tilt the balance, I'm not sure."

Quizzed on whether United People's Party (UPP) - a splinter party of Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) - and Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) would be part of his team for the polls, Adenan said: "Whoever uses the 'dacing' (BN's scale symbol), they are in my team."

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