Najib chairs cabinet meeting ahead of rumoured polls announcement

 |Apr 6, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak arrived at his office in Putrajaya today to chair a meeting of cabinet ministers, state news agency Bernama reported, ahead of an expected announcement on the dissolution of Parliament and election.

Najib is under pressure to secure a stronger mandate as he grapples with a multi-billion dollar scandal at a state fund and public anger over rising living costs.

Najib’s five-year term officially ends on June 24, but the prime minister can dissolve Parliament anytime before the end of his term with the king’s assent, paving the way for a general election.

He is widely expected to meet the Yang di-Pertuan Agong later today to seek consent to dissolve Parliament, although there has been no official confirmation.

Najib arrived at the prime minister’s office in his official car, according to videos posted by Bernama on Twitter. Several ministers were also seen arriving at the venue.

Parliament, which yesterday ended its last meeting before the polls, approved a plan to redraw electoral boundaries backed by Najib’s administration, an exercise that critics said would shift anti-establishment voters out of ruling party areas and into opposition-held seats.

Parliament also passed the controversial Anti-Fake News 2018 bill, which would allow prison terms of up to six years for spreading “fake news” – an expression frequently used by US President Donald Trump. – Reuters