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GE13: Field new candidates of quality, says academician
SINGAPORE: As Malaysia is gearing towards the 13th General Election (GE13), both the incumbent Barisan Nasional (BN) and the opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR))have been urged to field new candidates of quality who can work together to deal with Malaysia's upcoming economic challenges.
The call was made by Dr Farish A. Noor, Associate Professor for the Contemporary Islam Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University.
Farish, a Malaysian, said this in response to the announcement made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on the dissolution of the Dewan Rakyat today.
He was asked to share his views on how important it was for Malaysia to have political continuity and economic stability.
Whenever politicians talk of continuity and change, Farish pointed out: "We need to remember that change does not happen in any radical way.
"Even PM Najib has said that if there is to be any changes, it ought to be done in a lawful manner, which means that the state apparatus and constitution of Malaysia will remain intact," he told Bernama.
He said this election would therefore witness both sides offering their vision for a better Malaysia, in the form of PM Najib’s economic transformation programme and the opposition’s economy-focused manifesto.
"I’m glad to see both sides are appealing to the economic aspirations of the Malaysian electorate, and I hope that both sides will field new candidates of quality, who can work together to deal with Malaysia’s upcoming economic challenges in an intelligent, rational manner.
"We cannot predict the outcome of the GE, but the economic transformation programme does signal an awareness of the needs and demands of the electorate, in the context of a changing society," he added.
Najib today made a special announcement at his office at the Perdana Putra Building in Putrajaya on the dissolition of the 12th Dewan Rakyat to pave the way for the 13th general election.
The announcement was made on the fourth anniversary to the date of his having assumed the post of prime minister. -- BERNAMA