Polls delay causing ‘uncertainty’ in manufacturing sector, says FMM
UPDATED @ 05:49:54 PM 14-06-2012
KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — The prime minister should call for the general election as soon as possible, the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) said today.
FMM president Tan Sri Yong Poh Kon said constant speculation and delays in calling for polls have affected the manufacturing industry.
“I am sure everyone in the business community would want the elections to be done with, and finished. It has created a certain amount of uncertainty.
“Decisions (to make) would be much easier once elections are done with,” said Yong (picture).
The Malaysian Insider had reported on May 28 of a possible September general election but Datuk Seri Najib Razak's announcement that Budget 2013 will be tabled on September 28 has pushed party strategists to look at a further date to also ensure budget goodies get to the ground.
The haj pilgrimage on October 26, Deepavali on November 13 and BN’s efforts to court the youth and Chinese vote could delay the general election to November, sources say, adding that the Barisan Nasional (BN) chief was still scrutinising the candidates’ lists to ensure a bigger victory.
BN sources say several recent surveys show the coalition needs to work harder to get a convincing victory especially with some 2.2 million voters casting ballots for the first time.
Najib took over from Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in April 2009, ostensibly to improve on BN’s worst electoral performance ever in March 2008, where it lost its customary two-thirds supermajority in Parliament and four state governments.