by Samuel Aubrey. Posted on December 11, 2010, Saturday KUCHING: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud is the only one who has the answer as to when the next state election will be held, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan.
He said although he was close to Taib, who is state BN chairman and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu president, it did not mean he knew the date of the election.
Despite this, Dr Chan had a feeling that the election would be held soon when “we feel everything is stable and good”.
“Your guess is as good as mine,” he said during a press conference after the soft-opening of Chinese History Museum at Kuching Waterfront yesterday.
The next state election must be held by July next year. The term of all 71 assembly members will end next May.
Taib, upon returning from his pilgrimage on Nov 24, said he had an inspiration on when to call the next election.
Five days later, he said BN was willing to accommodate any request by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to hold the state election simultaneously with the general election.
On another matter, Dr Chan said there were encouraging signs of the Chinese shifting their support to BN.
“There is a wind of change now, with Pakatan Rakyat having so much trouble and not showing itself better than BN. I’ve told my boys to work very hard, and get back the confidence of the people.
“If we don’t, it could be hard for us and we would get defeated. Workers have also been asked to go to the ground more often,” he said.
SUPP currently has 12 out of the 19 state seats allocated to it. It lost seven (all Chinese-majority) in the 2006 election and Sibu parliamentary seat in the by-election in May.