Floods could wreak havoc to December polls and the government would also want to ride on the feel-good factor from Budget 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: The much-awaited 14th general election will be held next year as there are several factors working against the government calling for polls in December, political analysts said today.

Ahmad Martadha Mohamed, an associate professor at Universiti Utara Malaysia, said that December is not suitable as it is the monsoon period which normally brings massive floods to Kelantan and Terengganu.

He also said the government would like to see the benefits of Budget 2018 trickle down to the people before calling for polls.

“No way it is going to be in December. There are many factors to be considered. For instance, in December we know that usually floods will occur in the east coast region. Therefore it is not suitable. The focus will not be there.

“Secondly, the government must wait until what was said during the budget announcement has been implemented. So there is a feel-good factor for the people to vote for the government.

“If they call the GE now, there is no feel-good factor for Barisan Nasional. With BR1M, bonuses and subsidies, people will be happy,” Marthada said.

James Chin of the Tasmania University also ruled out December, saying the government needs time to iron out certain issues.

“December is good because it is the holiday season. But it is too early. There are many things that the government must do before they can call for election.

“Moreover with the hike of fuel price I don’t think it is a good idea. I think it will be next year,” he said.

However, for former academic Prof Dr Ahmad Atory Hussein, Putrajaya should call for election as soon as it can because more problems would crop up the longer it delays the polls.

“The earlier the better. It should have been much earlier than December. The earlier they call it, the easier they can win because Pakatan won’t have the time to unite and resolve its internal problems.

“The longer they wait, there will be more issues that they need to settle. December is the best time. With the floods in Penang, Perak and Kedah, people can see that BN has done a great job for the people,” he told Berita Daily.

Marthada disagreed with Atory, saying that BN must be fully ready to face the opposition in the election.

He said BN can counter the wild allegations thrown by the opposition and it should not be a problem if the election is held next year.

“I don’t think it is a problem. If the opposition makes up issues, BN has it own machinery to counter the allegations.

“What is important is that BN must be fully ready to face the opposition,” he said.