KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 17): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said on Saturday (Sept 17) that he would announce the date of the dissolution of Parliament soon to pave the way for the 15th general election (GE15).
Speaking at the launch of the Barisan Nasional (BN) Youth machinery here, Ismail Sabri, who is an Umno vice-president, asked to be given a bit more time to decide on the timing of the GE15 together with party president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“When is it going to be? The president and I will decide, but believe me, it will be soon. Let’s discuss it fast, President (looking in the direction of Zahid). I hear it clearly; the top five [of Umno] are all here. InsyaAllah (God willing), we will meet soon to discuss,” he said.
Also present at the event were BN deputy chairman and Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong and MIC president Tan Sri S A Vigneswaran.
Ismail Sabri also urged party leaders including those from BN Youth to take control of the cyber war, and refute all allegations and attacks by the Opposition against BN and the Government on social media.
“Our weakness before the GE14 was that we could not address major issues raised by the Opposition, and this time, they continue to hurl lies against our leaders, BN and the Government.
“It is important that when Parliament is dissolved for the GE15 to be held, we must win. And if Parliament is dissolved and we are unable to win enough seats to form the Government, we will return to the situation prior to the GE14,” he added.
Ismail Sabri said BN leaders should also get close to young voters by conducting engagement sessions to win their support.
He said the Government was capable of looking after the welfare of youths by implementing various incentives, including the PerantiSiswa Keluarga Malaysia programme, and increasing Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) loans for the middle 40% income group from 75% to 100%.