Nong Chik: Elections after Chinese New Year

Nong Chik was quick to add that the date was only his forecast. 

Md Izwan, The Malaysian Insider

The 13th general elections will be called after Chinese New Year, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin predicted today, because the major festivals celebrated in multicultural Malaysia would be done with by then.

“We have celebrated Raya Haji, after this we will be celebrating Deepavali and Christmas. Then next year, the Chinese community will be celebrating their new year.

“But let us not forget the biggest festival for the people, which is the victory for the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the most important celebration that is after the Chinese New Year,” the Federal Territories Minister said after officiating the 1 Malaysia For Youth (1M4U) launch here this afternoon.

The Lunar New Year festival is expected to fall on February 10 next year. The Chinese community typically celebrate it for 15 days.

However, Nong Chik was quick to add that the date was only his forecast and the decision to call for elections was with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.