March 2008 is a milestone for Malaysian Politics. The opposition denied the ruling Barisan National government of 2/3 rd majority in Parliament. The body count stands as 140-82. Does it signify anything for the political landscape for Malaysia. Of course says many a few where there will be transparency following which the government legislators will be balanced and checked.
Sarawak Barisan National was hit with a small wave in May 2005 with 9 seats falling to the opposition. In comparison to March 2008 this was just a very insignificant jolt in the administration. Or is it?
What we are driving at is that come 2010 will Sarawak BN enjoy keeping the same number of seats or wrestled back some of the losts seats. Its an interesting scenario. I had an oppurtunity to discuss with a a number of Barisan ADUNS and there were quite confident in retaining their seats.
Why and how there were? The why is the lesson being passed down from the national politics is that
1) Sarawak government will not be insensitve in demolishing Indian or chinese temples or even churches eventhough the land is to make way for Development.
2)Appointments of Civil Servants in the State Administration is closely scrutinized and will not be in the case of Lingams file.
3)Certainly there would not be a victim being “BLOWN” away in Sarawak.
How is that the YBS are from rural designate constituencies and by virtue of being close to the grassroots there are certainly difficult to dislodge from their seats. Personality plays a very significant part and in todays Political landscape the YBS have to market, promote themselves as one of the voters friend. The bottom line is that the YBS of today are advertising themselves more than in the pasts and these few YBs are really unleashing their Potential in this Change of political landscape come 2010.
The Changes expected will see State administrators from Opposition and Government State Legislators battling it out in the Battle of Sarawak 2010/2011 for 71 Seats. Who has a seat will depend whether the YBS in question heed the battlecry of the wave and the changes it signifies.
For those aspiring candidates for the Battle of Sarawak 2010 make early preparations as the saying goes”Early Bird catches the Worm”