ADA nada marah dalam suara seorang lelaki yang lepak di kedai kopi bersama dua tiga orang lagi lelaki pada sebelah pagi tadi (17 Mac 2012). Mereka ini mungkin Iban kerana bertutur dalam bahasa Iban.
Lelaki itu tadi lantang suaranya dan menuding ke arah berita muka depan The Borneo Post yang bertajuk ‘General Election June 3?’
Berita Bloomberg tersebut mengisahkan jangkaan tarikh Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 (PRU 13) dengan rangkuman peristiwa dan petunjuk penting dalam mengukuhkan telahan itu.
Lelaki itu berkata (diterjemah ke bahasa Malaysia) “mana mungkin PM (Datuk Seri Najib Razak) tidak mengambil kira 3 Jun ialah baru tiga hari Gawai Dayak dirayakan oleh kita Iban dan Bidayuh”.
Dia tidak marah Perdana Menteri tetapi menyangkal jangkaan Bloomberg yang seakan-akan terlepas faktor Gawai Dayak dalam menentukan masa sesuai pilihan raya.
Tetapi dia memberitahu rakan-rakan semejanya jika benar jangkaan itu, ia memang seolah-olah tidak menghormati perayaan yang diraikan oleh orang Dayak di Sarawak.
1 Jun setiap tahun merupakan tarikh bagi kaum Iban, Bidayuh dan Orang Ulu menyambut Hari Gawai Dayak – perayaan turun temurun mereka yang berkaitan dengan kegiatan pertanian padi mereka.
Lazimnya perantau di bandar akan kembali ke kampung halaman untuk meraikan hari besar tersebut di rumah panjang masing-masing. Perantau biasanya golongan belia dan kita tidak pasti mereka mendaftar di mana – bandar atau kampung?
Seorang rakannya kedengaran berkata peratusan pengundi Dayak di Sarawak ialah lebih 50 peratus.
“Elok mereka melihat pengundi Dayak sebagai faktor mustahak jika menganggap Sarawak sebagai deposit tetap Barisan Nasional,” tegas beliau.
Berikut ialah laporan akhbar yang dipetik menerusi http://www.theborneopost.com
General election June 3?
Posted on March 17, 2012, Saturday
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is scheduled to speak on March 26 to as many as 4,000 Information Ministry staff, who help oversee elections, the government officials said. One date proposed for the contest is June 3, according to three of the officials.
The ruling National Front coalition is seeking to extend its 55 years in power, and an early vote would allow Najib to take advantage of rising public approval after the government announced cash handouts and vowed to overhaul security laws.
Satisfaction with Najib’s leadership rose to 69 per cent last month from 59 per cent in August, according to a poll by the Merdeka Centre for Opinion Research.
“All signs seem to be pointing toward an election at the end of May or early June,” Ong Kian Ming, a political analyst at UCSI University in Kuala Lumpur, said by phone.
“It’s the best timing for Najib. If he does wait longer there may be other scandals that emerge and the goodwill that he’s enjoying from the budget handouts given out earlier this year may be lost.”
Najib had already sparked speculation of an early vote when he said in December that preparations had begun for the contest.
His budget announced in October featured cash payments to low-income families.
Malaysia will also announce plans for a minimum wage this month, a government official said earlier this week. Najib’s cabinet has yet to complete the plan, according to the official.
Najib’s rising popularity has reduced the risk of a surprise election result such as one that occurred in 2008 and led to a stock market sell-off, according to a March 13 report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In 2008, the ruling National Front lost a third of its seats.
Since Najib took office in April 3, 2009, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI Index has risen 74 per cent compared with a 47 per cent gain for the MSCI Asia Pacific index.
“The prime minister is focused on delivering prosperity, security and democracy for all Malaysians and will call an election when the time is right for the country,” a government spokesperson said by e-mail.
Malaysia’s opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was acquitted of sodomy charges in January that he claimed were politically motivated.
He pledged to ‘clamour for reform’ in a bid to unseat Najib after the verdict.
Gross domestic product may expand 5 per cent to 6 per cent this year, Najib said in the annual budget speech on Oct 7.
The economy expanded by 5.1 per cent last year, the government said Feb 15.
Before 2008, the worst showing for the National Front was in 1969, when candidates representing urban ethnic Chinese and rural Islamic opposition groups won more than a third of seats in Parliament.
Ethnic Chinese victory marches prompted a backlash from Malay groups that led to emergency rule.
Najib’s father, Tun Abdul Abdul Razak, took over as prime minister in 1970 and responded by creating an affirmative-action policy that gave Malays educational, housing and job preferences. — Bloomberg