Who is Khairy to tell
everyone, including Ministers, to stop speculating on when the general
election would be held when he has not even been elected as MP?
Media Conference (2)
by Lim Kit Siang
Who is Khairy Jamaluddin to
tell everyone, including Ministers, to stop speculating on when the
general election would be held when he has not even been elected as Member
Of course, everybody knows that he is the most powerful man in the
country, presiding over the fourth storey of Prime Minister’s Office in
Putrajaya and who controls and manipulates the Prime Minister’s moves and
But such unaccountable and even unconstitutional exercise of power should
not get to his head to make him publicly rebuke Ministers for speculating
when the next general election would be held, although his statement was
specifically directed at the Election Commission and made no mention of
However, when Khairy called on all parties, including the Election
Commission Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman, to stop speculating
on when the general election would be held, claiming that “it was Prime
Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s sole prerogative on when to
call for the election”, it was clear that he was carrying out an UMNO
proxy war and his target was not Rashid but Cabinet Ministers like the
Home Minister and UMNO Secretary-General Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad and
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid.
It was only three days ago that Azmi said publicly that the general
election was near – and in the past ten days, Radzi had been declaring
that “It’s time for a leadership change in Perlis”, openly advocating that
the current Perlis Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim should be
replaced by Azmi.
However, standing in the way of Radzi and Azmi is Khairy, who is aligned
with Shahidan as the UMNO warlord in Perlis who could deliver what Khairy
needed in UMNO power stakes – to the extent that the scandals of Shahidan
which Radzi had brought to the personal attention of the Prime Minister,
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had been completely neutralized by Khairy.
Khairy is wrong however when he claimed that everybody should stop
speculating on when the next general election would be held. This is
because it is the right and even prerogative of every Malaysian to
speculate as to when the next general election would be held, although it
is the Prime Minister’s prerogative to decide when to call for the
The Prime Minister’s prerogative does not extend to denying Malaysians, in
whatever capacity, the right to speculate as to when the next general
election would be held.
Of course, there will be those who will argue that this prerogative of the
Prime Minister to decide when to call for election has been usurped by
Khairy. Whatever the truth, there can be no doubt that next to Abdullah,
Khairy would be the first to know when the next general election would be
Why should the date as to when Parliament would be dissolved for general
election to the held be kept in such high secrecy, causing enormous
inconveniences all round – when in first-world developed countries where
there is more developed sense of fairplay and justice, like the United
Kingdom and Australia, greater notice is given as to when a general
election would be held.
Since Abdullah is a proponent of a First-World Infrastructure, First-World
Mentality concept, is he prepared to adopt such best international practices and
give proper and adequate notice to all concerned about the holding of
the next general election?
Considering that the UMNO general assembly could be held on Deepavali,
utterly insensitive of the religious festival of the Hindus, I do not rule
out Parliament being dissolved during the Chinese New Year, even before
Chap Goh Mei on February 21, 2008.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman