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Saturday, 20 August 2011

PM Najib: General election can be held anytime

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said yesterday that the next general election can be held anytime and is not bound by the works of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reforms.
Najib said the government, however, would strive to implement any recommendation made by the committee before the coming election.

“We will try; there must be something that can be done immediately,” he told a news conference
after chairing the Umno Supreme Council meeting at Menara Dato’ Onn here yesterday.

“What we can do immediately, we will do immediately,” he added.

Najib, who is Umno president, said the committee, comprising representatives of political parties, would discuss and decide the types of improvements to be made to the electoral process.

Asked on the move by the opposition to wait for terms of reference before deciding on their participation in the committee, Najib said the committee was the government’s sincere offer so that decisions can be made based on consensus.

“This is a sincere offer on our part because we need to have discussions across the aisle so that there will be a consensus,” he said.

On the call by the opposition parties that the committee be headed by their representative, Najib said, it was impossible to accede to it because the committee must be headed by a leader from the majority party. — Bernama


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