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Malaysia's Parliament may be dissolved this week, minister says

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan, looking forward to the launch of the manifesto of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition towards the end of next week, pointed out on Sunday (April 1) that Parliament is usually dissolved before that, reported Bernama news agency. Photo: The Malay Mail Online

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan, looking forward to the launch of the manifesto of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition towards the end of next week, pointed out on Sunday (April 1) that Parliament is usually dissolved before that, reported Bernama news agency. Photo: The Malay Mail Online

SEPANGGAR, Malaysia — Malaysia's Parliament could be dissolved as early as next week, based on what happened previously, local media sources have reported a minister as saying, as the nation gears up for what promises to be a hotly contested general election this year.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan, looking forward to the launch of the manifesto of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition towards the end of this week, pointed out on Sunday (April 1) that Parliament is usually dissolved before that, reported Bernama news agency.

"Chances are, based on our (BN) previous experiences, the launch of the BN manifesto will be held after the dissolution of Parliament. That is the tradition," Bernama reported the BN Strategic Communications Director as saying on Sunday.

Mr Abdul Rahman, who was examining roads and drainage conditions in Sepanggar, in Malaysia's eastern state of Sabah, told the media the manifesto should be launched within the next week.

The last sitting of the Malaysian Parliament is on Thursday (April 5).

"Someone was telling me, but I can't confirm. You (people) will expect some time next week that Parliament will be dissolved," Mr Abdul Rahman was quoted as saying by Bernama, adding that there would be "nice and surprising" things in the BN manifesto, which would be launched by Prime Minister Najib Razak.

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