Malaysian PM Najib Razak announces bonuses for state oil firm workers as local media predicts parliament will be dissolved tomorrow

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has announced bonuses for the 40,000 employees of national oil firm Petronas

At a meeting with Petronas staff in Kuala Lumpur, he said they would each get 1,000 ringgit or 320 US dollars of bonuses for "contributing to nation-building".

Analysts say today's announcement signals that a general election could be called soon as Mr Najib seeks last-minute support from the middle class.

In recent days, the PM has expanded a slew of handouts to include thousands of workers at state-linked firms.

Local media predicted that he would dissolve parliament tomorrow.

The New Straits Times newspaper also reported that ministers had been ordered to wear a suit and tie for tomorrow's regular cabinet meeting for an official photograph.

Wednesday marks exactly four years since Mr Najib took power.

Mr Najib must call the polls by the end of April or parliament will automatically dissolve for the first time in the country's history.