DIFFICULT TO PREDICT ELECTION RESULTS, SAYS MAHATHIR

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PUTRAJAYA, March 29 (Bernama) -- Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir

Mohamad said it is difficult to predict the results of the coming general

election due to the rather confusing prevailing situation.

He said various assumptions had been made about support for Barisan Nasional

(BN), with some people saying it was increasing and others saying otherwise.

"What is certain, it won''t be easy for BN to get two-thirds majority this

time. The opposition now is not like that of the past, and the current situation

is rather confusing."

He said this when asked to comment on former finance minister Tun Daim

Zainuddin''s statement that BN would easily win in only three states - Johor,

Melaka and Pahang.

On the possible difficulty for BN to get two-thirds majority in the Dewan

Rakyat as among the reasons for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak not

wanting to announce the 13th general election date yet, Dr Mahathir said he

could not read Najib''s mind.

"This may be true or may be not," he said.

-- MORE

MAHATHIR-PREDICT 2 (LAST) PUTRAJAYA

Earlier, he delivered a keynote address titled, "Language - An Obstacle or

Advantage for Malay Students", at the International Seminar on Malay Education,

here, today.

"Mastering the English language does not mean one should forget the Malay

language, which is an identity for the Malay race," he said in his speech.

"The Malay language must continue to be promoted because maybe one day it

will become a language of knowledge, but the reality is that presently the

language of knowledge is the English language, so we need to master it."

Dr Mahathir said the role of language in the modern era was not only as a

racial identity, but also for that community to be an educated community.

-- BERNAMA

AYU MAI MO

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