Guessing game hots up

Source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/4/12/nation/13926839&sec=nation

Wednesday April 12, 2006

Guessing game hots up

By JACK WONG

KUCHING: An unusual one-day sitting of the state assembly here on April 20 has fuelled speculation of its imminent dissolution to pave way for the state polls.

The assembly sent out a circular to its members on Monday to attend the session, giving no details on what would be discussed.

I was surprised to receive the circular which states that the session will begin at 9am.

There are no other details, said an assemblyman.

He said unlike in the past, no agenda on the meeting was attached to the circular signed by assemblys secretary Abang Othman Aeiang.

Sources said the special session would be to discuss the Ninth Malaysia Plan.

The assembly normally meet for at least a week during its May and December sessions in the past several years.

Talk is rife in the political circle that Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud is likely to dissolve the assembly shortly after the one-day sitting.

The state Cabinet is scheduled to meet on April 19, a day after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawis official visit to the state.

Abdullah will open the RM620mil Kuching International Airport terminal redevelopment project and the permanent campus of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) in Samarahan near here during his two-day visit, beginning April 17.

It is unclear if he is to meet state leaders and assemblymen.

State Barisan Nasional component parties and the opposition have been actively preparing for the state polls due in six months time. Their leaders have been on ground visits for months now.

Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) had a special session with its grassroots leaders from throughout the state at its headquarters here yesterday.

The last state polls were held in September 2001, and the state coalition won 60 out of the 62 seats at stake.

Nine additional seats are up for grabs this time.