Malaysian Parliament may be dissolved next week if PM Najib sticks to tradition

KOTA KINABALU - Parliament may be dissolved next week before the Prime Minister launches the Barisan Nasional manifesto on April 7, says Barisan strategic communications director Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

He said based on tradition, the scheduled launch of the manifesto at Bukit Jalil was an indication that the dissolution of Parliament was imminent.

"From our past experience, the launching of the manifesto is usually done after Parliament is dissolved. That is the tradition. I am not sure if the Prime Minister will be holding on to tradition," Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman said.

"I am of the opinion that as the manifesto is usually launched after Parliament is dissolved, you would expect the dissolution to be sometime next week," he said during a meeting with the people of Wijaya Park in Kota Kinabalu on Sunday (April 1).

The last day of the Dewan Rakyat sitting is April 5.

On the manifesto, Mr Abdul Rahman said Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman and Sabah Barisan leaders had pushed for specific items for Sabah.

"We, and Sabah Barisan component chiefs, fought hard on these items that specifically concern Sabah. So, we wait until the launch (and) there will be some nice and surprising items for Sabah," Mr Abdul Rahman added.

Earlier, Umno information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa told reporters here that the manifesto, to be launched on April 7, would offer a roadmap to meet the aspirations of the people of Sabah and Sarawak.

He said issues that touched on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 would be included in the manifesto.