There is a small point of note, that most Malaysians are confused over – that is the government’s mandate to govern.
As far as the Consti is concerned, the current government’s term of office will automatically expire on 27-Apr-2013 next month. However, as far as mandate goes, the current government has already lost its mandate to govern.
The Malaysian system of democracy gives the government, only a 5-year maximum mandate to govern. After that, the government must go back to the people to seek a new mandate. The last time that we gave the government our mandate was on 8-Mar-2008.
Therefore, the current government has already lost its mandate, even if it still has a valid term in office. In essence, it is merely serving notice.
This is rather unprecedented in Malaysia. The tricky thing is that the present government is treading on unexplored terrain. It’s still going about its business as usual, without realising that it no longer enjoys the people’s mandate.
The right thing to do would be for our PM to dissolve the parliament immediately and call for a fresh mandate.