Finally, after an extremely long wait, parliament is now dissolved!
This got me to think, as I was driving into work this morning, about how the Pakatan Rakyat state governments should have dissolved the state assemblies on 8/March. By not doing so, they essentially lost the moral right to criticise the federal government for over-staying.
This is because the rakyat gave both the federal and state governments, a five-year mandate to govern, from 8/March/2008. Therefore, all the state governments and federal one have been governing without a mandate for the last month or so.
If the Pakatan Rakyat state governments had dissolved their state assemblies earlier, as was initially hinted by the Selangor Menteri Besar, they would have managed to 1-up the federal government by sticking to the principles and not over-staying their mandates.
Furthermore, if they had dissolved their state assemblies earlier, they would have forced the federal government’s hands by essentially shifting the deadline to hold state elections to an earlier date.
But all that’s said and done, I hope that we can get this over and done with as soon as possible. I do hope that the Elections Commission sets an early date for the General Elections and to not wait till May to run it.
Good luck to everyone who will be running!