Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the government would announce a ‘pleasant surprise’ for Malaysians when the 2009 Budget is tabled on Aug 29.

“There’s a pleasant surprise for the people. We understand that the people are hard-pressed by the current situation. The Barisan Nasional (BN) government is concerned about the people’s problems,” he said when launching the BN Election Machinery for the Permatang Pauh Parliamentary constituency, here Wednesday night.

He said the government was considering an appropriate mechanism to ease the burden of the people following the rise in fuel price.

As such, Najib, who is also BN deputy chairman, hoped that the people would not be influenced by the promises made by the opposition to reduce the fuel price if they ruled the country.

“The whole world is experiencing the fuel price hike, so it’s not logical if we were to reduce the fuel price using profits made by Petronas,” he said.

On the Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election, Najib described the intention of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to form a new federal government as unrealistic.

“Can he (Anwar) form the (federal) government merely by winning in Permatang Pauh. He can’t form the government just by winning in Permatang Pauh.

“He can only form the (federal) government if 30 BN members of Parliament crossed over to the party that he leads, that is the Pakatan Rakyat,” he said.

At the launch, Najib also announced the State Assemblyman for Seberang Jaya Datuk Ariff Shah Omar Shah as the BN candidate for the Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election on Aug 26.

Najib said it was not impossible for a political change to take place in Permatang Pauh based on the ever changing political situation.

“In 2004 it (the pendulum) moved to the right and we won handsomely, in 2008, unfortunately, it moved to the left, and we fell, including the Pearl of the Orient,” he said.

The by-election is being held following the resignation of the incumbent Permatang Pauh member of parliament, who is also PKR president, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, to make way for her husband, Anwar, to contest.