The last installment of the Jelajah Janji diTepati program will be in Kuantan this weekend.
PM DS Najib Razak will also on the side attend a big gathering for the opening of the new Chong Hwa High School, Kuantan.
Then there are also going to be other big events on the same weekend such as the F1 race which will showcase the Malaysian success.
On the other end, the Negeri Sembilan state assembly will automatically dissolve when its current term expires on Tuesday, March 26.
So, the likelihood that Najib is going to announce the dissolution of parliament on Monday, March 25 is very likely.
The period between the dissolution of parliament and nomination day normally would stretch for up to two weeks.
This will be followed by a minimum campaigning period of at least 11 days.
Therefore, in all probability, polling day should be in the third week of next month.
, while some who claim themselves to be champions of Umno are working hard to undermine the Johor Umno leadership at the last corner to the general election, Johor-based NST journalist Sim Bak Heng
who has for some time now being accused by some Johor Umno elements of being a pro-DAP hack wrote this about Lim Kit Siang's foray into Gelang Patah (well, if you are too lazy to read the whole article, at least read the last paragraph) -
GELANG PATAH GAMBIT: DAP supremo’s decision to contest down south may well backfire on him
THE fielding of DAP's 72-year-old supremo Lim Kit Siang in Gelang Patah may above all else be an attempt at ending the public quarrel between Johor DAP chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau and his Parti Keadilan Rakyat counterpart Datuk Chua Jui Meng.
The duo's exchange of barbs, which stretch back over the past two years, was centred on the tussle for the seat. To end the spat was important for the opposition coalition if it wants to gain ground in the "frontline state" of Johor.
However, it could well trigger the beginning of more factional problems within DAP in Johor. It is also notable that it took none other than opposition leader and PKR number one Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to make the announcement on Lim's candidacy on Monday night.
The rumblings on the ground among DAP members were hard to ignore.
Just hours before the announcement, the party's state vice-chairman Ong Kow Meng, who is the Senai assemblyman, held a press conference lambasting Dr Boo for allegedly practising cronyism and trying to scupper the opposition's effort by fighting with Chua.
Many see this attack as an effort to undermine Dr Boo in preparing the entry of Lim and other DAP national leaders as candidates in Johor for the general election.
At the function, which was the party's 47th anniversary celebration, Lim's candidacy, which was announced by opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, had left Dr Boo with little choice but to accept it.
It is ironic that the announcement was made at Taman Sutera which is located in Dr Boo's stronghold of Skudai.
At that function, Lim announced that the opposition coalition's target was to capture the parliamentary seats of Johor Baru, Tebrau, Pasir Gudang, Kulai, Pulai, Gelang Patah, Kluang, Batu Pahat, Muar, Ledang, Labis, Segamat, Tanjung Piai and Sembrong. It is notable that these are all constituencies with a large Chinese population.
In 2008, DAP contested Kulai (with 56.9 per cent Chinese voters), Kluang (49.9 per cent), Labis (47.1 per cent), Segamat (46.2 per cent), Tanjung Piai (46.8 per cent) and Bakri (53.2 per cent). The party only won in Bakri.
With Lim now joining the fray, the party is likely to contest six seats again this time. One of the seats which is likely to be swapped with PKR's Gelang Patah seat is Segamat.
Some claimed that Lim actually took a huge risk to contest in Gelang Patah instead of defending his safe seat of Ipoh Timur. This includes him being sabotaged by factions within Johor DAP who may cast protest votes in favour of an MCA candidate to ensure his defeat.
MCA national organising secretary Datuk Tee Siew Keong, however, disagreed and pointed out that Lim had only been staying true to his "habit" of hopping from constituency to constituency and only chose to do so in Chinese-majority areas.
Gelang Patah will be the seventh parliamentary seat which Lim will be contesting in his political career stretching over four decades.
"He is as good as a 'political nomad'. Now, he is coming to Johor and playing his usual tricks," said Tee.
MCA youth chairman Datuk Wee Ka Siong said the party was not rattled by Lim's decision to contest in Gelang Patah.
"We are not affected by his decision because MCA has been serving the Chinese community in Johor all the time and not just on the eve of the general election."
For Dr Boo, the coming of Lim to Johor could probably mean the end of his reign as DAP number one man in Johor.
Here is little bit of history to show such a possibility.
When Lim's son, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng moved to Penang, he won the Air Puteh state seat in 2008 and quickly nominated himself as chief minister.
This had gone against the party's constitution, which stated only a state chairman, in this case Chow Kon Yeow, was eligible to hold the post. Chow has been sidelined, and there is talk he might be dropped as an incumbent for his Padang Kota state seat in the next general election.
A similar fate Chow may await Dr Boo in Johor.
Dr Boo has been known for being critical of the Lims' "father and son enterprise" in DAP for many years. Knowing that Dr Boo's popularity as Johor DAP chairman is on the rise, the Lim family probably reckoned that it was time to subdue his influence.
Lim had told the crowd at the party anniversary celebration that contesting in Gelang Patah would be the most difficult task in his political career in the past 47 years. That may be quite correct.
The tsunami, or the tornado, that he is trying to create from the south and sweep northward this time, may actually come from another faction of DAP supporters in Gelang Patah.
Instead of sweeping northward, it may well be sweeping towards his direction all the way into the nearby waters off the Tebrau Straits.
(From left) DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang, Johor PKR chief Chua Jui Meng and Johor DAP chief Dr Boo Cheng Hau are at odds with each other despite their quest to make Johor the opposition’s ‘frontline state’
Read more: Lim risks all in Johor foray - Columnist - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnist/lim-risks-all-in-johor-foray-1.238233#ixzz2O2ahXbzI