KUCHING: Is the Barisan Nasional (BN) meeting on Oct 21 called by its chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak a preliminary meeting for the pending 14th general election (GE14)?
Sinchew Daily has reported that it could be just that as those invited to attend the meeting are state BN chairmen and secretaries and that the agenda on the table is the preparation of election machinery.
It will also be a meeting to boost the spirit and morale of party members and to devise strategies for winning the election.
The Chinese daily quoted sources saying that the general election will be held within six months from now, and all BN election machinery and all relevant enforcement agencies have geared up and are in standby mode.
It also pointed out that seat allocation between BN component parties was in the final stage being decided and would be resolved soon.
While Sinchew Daily believes that the Oct 21 meeting will be a BN preliminary meeting to call for general election, other sources have said otherwise.
Sources within Sarawak BN said that it was not a meeting about the general election as those invited are not exclusively incumbents or potential candidates.
It is thus quite possible that the meeting may not be about general election after all. It may just be about Budget 2018 which is expected to be tabled this coming Oct 27.
Could the general election be called in November then after the passing of Budget 2018?
It would be quite unlikely as the Sarawak government has been observed busy preparing for its State Legislative assembly sitting which falls in November.
As for December, the chances would be even less as it is a month of holidays where many will be taking leave. Additionally, the year-end period usually marks months of heavy rainfall. Floods are an event that BN would try to avoid to prevent any protest votes cast.
It is thus highly likely that the general election, despite rife rumours, will still be held next year.