THE cabinet meeting to be held on Friday could be the last before Parliament is dissolved to pave the way for the 14th General Election (GE14).
Sources said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was expected to announce the dissolution at his office in Putrajaya after Friday prayers. The cabinet is expected to meet from 8.30am.
“Najib is expected to make the announcement on Friday. We are really busy now,” a source said at the Parliament lobby yesterday.
Earlier yesterday, Najib hinted that GE14 was imminent when he announced that he would launch Barisan Nasional’s election manifesto on Saturday.
All 13 senior leaders from BN’s component parties, including those in Sabah and Sarawak, are expected to attend the event, which will be held at Stadium Putra in Bukit Jalil.
The prime minister normally meets theYang di-Pertuan Agong before chairing cabinet meetings, and he is expected to seek the king’s consent to dissolve Parliament.
On Jan 30, Najib said he was waiting for “a spark of inspiration” to call for the election.
“I am waiting for ilham (inspiration), as Malays would say, to decide on a date,” he was quoted as saying after chairing the Umno Supreme Council meeting.
He said this when asked about a possible date for the polls.
He also said that he was satisfied with the readiness of Umno and BN election machinery in facing the polls.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan
Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said he was informed that this week’s cabinet meeting would be held on Friday.
He said the cabinet needed to settle many things, especially since the redelineation bill had been passed.
However, he said he was not aware of Najib’s plans to dissolve Parliament.
Political analyst Professor Datuk Dr Abdul Halim Sidek said chances of Najib dissolving Parliament this week were there as he would unveil BN’s manifesto on Saturday.