Najib makes the first move

(Bernama) – Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s meeting with 105 Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs yesterday is seen as a start in finding a suitable date for the general election.

Although focus was on what more could MPs do for the electorate, it was also to evaluate chances of retaining seats won by BN at the March 8, 2008 general election.

The MPs who were given three to five minutes each to present their problems were happy with the opportunity given.

It is the start of a political transformation by the BN chairman that may lead to indepth reports from the Mps.

Najib will not rely on only one report but will also study reports from agencies on the best time to call the general election.

The question being asked by many is whether the general election will be held in June together with the Sarawak election.

Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said Najib has a good picture of what is taking place in each constituency.

“Even if we can’t give him the true picture, he knows what’s happening as he has all the information.”

The Rembau MP said that if election is to be held in June, then MPs only have six months to prepare.

Jerlun MP Mukhriz Mahathir said that the meeting did not produce clear signals for the general election.

“We need more time to discharge our duties and deliver promises made during the general election,” he said.

Umno Youth branch member Ahmad Azmil Ismail agreed.

“The prime minister surely has more information on what’s happening on the ground,” he said.

An MP who declined to named said all the MPs told the prime minister the good things taking place on the ground.

“Based on this, the prime minister will know whether we (MPs) are working or not,” he said yesterday.