GE13: The real reasons for going into ‘extra time’


Martin Jalleh summarises Ambiga’s debunking of The Star’s four reasons for the delay in the general election while blog reader Stephen suggests the real reasons.

Ambiga-Rubbishes-Star reasons

Blog reader Stephen sends his own four-point response below:

1. No elections have been announced to form a new government after the (Negeri state assembly) term naturally lapsed. (Elections must be held within 60 days.)
2. Political history in the making.
3. If you listen to the ruling party, they say they are confident of winning and even 2/3, yes we believe you. Then dissolve parliament-la.
4. The summary of the situation is:
(i) no confidence of winning with a good majority
(ii) making hay while the sun is still shining
(iii) weak management team to make decisions
(iv) unreadiness or interference of third parties.

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Syed Mokhtar controls Malaysia’s economy?

Wonder what Daim has to say about this.


What this … woman fails to understand is that it is the sovereign right of any government to spend as it sees fit. Thats a reason why it is given a mandate of the people. Whether that mandate stretches into a period of emergency or caretaker mode it remains government. Ambiga’s analysis of politics is about as sharp as her interpretation and understanding of the law. It will fool some people much of the time it won’t fool all of the people all of the time. As for the other reasons she is meant to have debunked again it is… Read more »


I tend to agree with Stephen on all 4 points. Star 4-point reason is absolute rubbish!

alan newman, new zealand

BN’s election fraud: In the 12th 2008, Pakatan Rakyat won the prized state of Selangor since 2008, the Selangor electoral rolls have ballooned by 22% (over 340,000 voters) to more than 1.9 million, compared to a national average of 16.3 %. Up to 90 % cent of ballots cast through postal votes is believed to support the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition 31,294 voters have (allegedly) been transferred out of their 2008 state and parliamentary constituencies without their consent, including the incumbent Chief Minister of Selangor. 42,000 voters whose status as citizens cannot be verified by the National Registration Department are… Read more »

Gerakan K

The real reasons: 1) it is the winner RIGHTS to dissolve the Parliament or state assembly until its mandate expired as long as it’s permitted under the state/federal constitution. Why no pakatan state until today has dissolved its state assembly ??? The point here is that there is no ‘extra time’ in mandate. Do not bring your football idea to our democracy system. People do not understand our state/federal constitution and then try to spin. The funny thing is even lawyers also do the stupid thing. It could be KOPI-O lawyers !!! 2) BN’s messages to people need time to… Read more »


1. First scare stiff or boo hood
2 Final manipulation of the electerol roll to their advantages(?)
3. Grab as much as possible in case it loses
4. Internal strife among UMNO and BN component parties
5. The RAHMAN prophesy.

I see the RAHMAN prophesy coming true


Yes he has the right to wait and want to transform but is not 55 years more than enough. Or for Najib should he not have done that in 4 years. Or do you want another 5 years of BN UMNO decadence. In fact Najib wanted more time to buy out all of you. Are we so naive with that 500 or so. Don`t you realize that if you continue again with UMNO and Najib you will have to pay back ten time what you received. With GST 4% plus the increase of almost every goods we are all as… Read more »


Najib was hoping to score a ‘sudden death’ goal in extra-time (football analogy) but he has leaky defence (C4 case, NFC scandal) and no more substitute (all tricks used up already) to launch a counter attack. Also, some of his own players are (allegedly) ‘on the take’ and listen to other coach (Tun M). He may end up conceding an own goal (if certain parties continue) to frame DSAI with sex videos!


GE only after bn finish sending out money to overseas banks. Then hand over a bankrupt country to Pakatan Rakyat.


It’s the final round of the welterweight bout and both fighters have taken a beating from each other. However, the defending champion is in danger of losing the bout and hence his world title, and is not confident of staying upright for the last 3 minutes. Final seconds before the bell signals the start of the last round, the challenger is up on his feet, ready to battle to the last, however the defending champion is still seated and looking apprehensive…….