While Malaysians are guessing when the Prime Minister will dissolve the Parliament to pave way for the 15th General Election, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob hinted that it will be ‘very soon’.
According to Bernama, Ismail said this at the launch of the Barisan Nasional (BN) Youth machinery, where Ismail, also the UMNO vice-president, asked to be given a bit more time to decide on the timing of GE15 together with UMNO president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“When is it going to be? The president and I will decide but believe me, it will be soon. Let’s discuss it fast, president. I hear clearly, that the Top 5 of UMNO are all here. InsyaAllah (God willing) we will meet soon to discuss,” he said.
Also present at the event were BN deputy chairman and UMNO deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong and MIC president Tan Sri S A Vigneswaran.
Meanwhile, Ismail also called on party leaders including BN Youth to take control of the cyber war and deny all allegations and attacks by the Opposition against BN and the government in social media.
“Our weakness before GE14 was that we could not address major issues raised by the Opposition and this time they continue to hurl lies against our leaders, BN and the government.”
“It is important that when Parliament is dissolved for GE15 to be held, we must win. And if Parliament is dissolved and we are unable to win enough seats to form the government, we will return to the situation prior to GE14,” he added.
In addition, Ismail said BN leaders should also get close to young voters by conducting engagement sessions to win their support.
He then mentioned a few initiatives the government has implemented for the welfare of youths, including the PerantiSiswa Keluarga Malaysia programme, and increasing Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) loans for the M40 (M1) group from 75% to 100%.
In the same event, Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi once more urged for Parliament to be dissolved sometime this year, claiming that BN will suffer dire consequences if the matter is put off any longer.
“We cannot wait anymore for GE15. If we do, the issues that we are facing will only become more pressing,” he said.
“We have no personal problems with the prime minister as long as GE15 is called for within this year.”
“Prime minister, the signal is loud and clear. Now is the time,” he said, at which the crowd began loudly chanting “Bubar! Bubar!” (dissolve Parliament).