Pak Lah quashes election rumours


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 03 Dec 2003

BY LEONG SHEN-LI

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah quashed rumours that Parliament is going to be dissolved to make way for the general election this month. 

“Is that so? How can it be done? I am here in Bank Negara,” he jokingly replied when asked whether it was true Parliament was to be dissolved yesterday. 

He was speaking to reporters after a three-hour visit to Bank Negara, his first since becoming Prime Minister and Finance Minister. 

When pressed further, Abdullah denied that he was going to call for the general election “anytime soon.” 

“How do you know all this? Looks like you know more than me,” he added, causing those in the packed press conference room to break out in laughter.  

Rumours had been circulating through the cellphone short messaging system that Abdullah would dissolve Parliament yesterday while nomination day would be on Dec 11 and polling would be on Dec 20. 

The Prime Minister also said that revenue collected by the Federal Government from petroleum obtained off the coast of Terengganu had been used for development in the state. 

He said the reason for the Government stopping the payment of oil royalty to the Terengganu government had been explained to the people. 

“This is not a new issue,” he said when commenting on the inclusion of the petroleum royalty as a source of revenue in next year's state Budget at the state assembly on Monday. 

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said the royalty, which amounted to RM816mil and formed the single largest source of revenue in the state's 2004 Budget, was included as it was Terengganu’s right to receive it.  

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In Nation

Covid-19: Lack of SOP compliance suspected for spike in cases at Melaka's Henry Gurney School
Tok Pa: Youths need to equip themselves with multiple skill sets
M'sia needs to transform to break out of middle-income trap, says Muhyiddin
Melaka cops smash gang involved in break-ins, two arrested
PM Muhyiddin on one-day working visit to Perlis
Ismail Sabri: No Lima'21, not even virtually but it will be back in 2023
Let us all pray we can 'balik kampung' this Hari Raya, says Ismail Sabri
Covid-19: Three M'sians among 18 new imported cases in S'pore Thursday (March 4)
No more 'wayang kulit', Umno must decide to quit Perikatan govt immediately, says Ku Li
INTERACTIVE: Why Covid-19 vaccine queue-jumpers are a threat, and what can be done

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers