“PKR Groundswell in Sarawak Gains Momentum”


Party Rakyat Sarawak Satok Division Deputy Chairman Tuah Idris Bin Bujang had the looks of a worried man when we first sat down for coffee.He said,” Is it true that many of PRS Division members in the Rajang Basin meaning Bawan Assan,Bukit Assek,Ngemah,Pelawan,Katibas are joining enbloc.” What is Satok PRS going to do? Tuah is the person instrumental in getting the membership of the 808 Malay majority members of Satok. He said most of his PRS Satok members are caught in the VOGUE WORD”CHANGE.”  Don’t worry I told him,”Lets just monitor closely and we will cross the bridge when the time comes.”

Malaysiakini today carried this report http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/92986 It is learnt that many members of a Dayak-based state BN component party will also be handing over their application forms to  PKR advisor Anwar Ibrahim during a 300-table dinner organised by ‘Friends of PKR’ in Sibu on Saturday. According to a PKR Senior member in Kuching they have received many enquiries from in and around Kuching and that the Groundswell is indeed encouraging. We are happy that many are embracing to the principles and visions of PKR and we welcome all support.

In a local tabloid Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Sarawak (PBB) deputy President Abang Johari said that Gabriel Adit was an independant and so he had the option to join any party of his choice. On BN’s view of independants joining opposition parties he reiterated that they could joinany party saying,” if they want to join PKR,let them join PKR then we’ll face PKR in the next election. It was understood that Adit decided to join PKR after the State BN somewhat refused him into the fold.

As for James Masing he said that until Adit penned down his siganture to PKR,the news report should not be considered true.”By the look of his gerak-geri(behaviour) maybe there could be some truth in the rumours that he willjoin PKR. But for now,we should treat it as rumours and we should not put too much weight on it.”

Masing went on to say that he has heard about the PKR gathering on Nov 15th and that they will be crossovers were expected to happen. A PRS lawyer said ,”the fire has been lighted by someone.” when pressed further by audie61 he said its not too difficult to say who and we know who is involved.  As for the rumours of James being BEING COLD SHOULDERED” by Pehin Taib he said don’t read too much into it as it has been sensationalised by James’s political enemies and those driven by jeolousy.

Malaysiakini also learnt that Beginda Minda, the ex-publicity chief of  PRS president Dr James Masing-led Balleh division who made the news recently with his call on Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud and Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu to resign, and his supporters are also expected to join PKR at the function.

Earlier we wrote that “BN ponders,PKR rejoices” and also we said everyone is talking about ‘Change or be Changed“ Malaysiakini report today has this ,”An opinion poll conducted after the March 2008 general election among the Dayaks in Sarawak indicated that their most popular party is PKR. There are several reasons why this is so, and among the concerns to Dayaks is the way the present Sarawak government handle the Native Customary Rights (NCR) land issue.

This has seen growing conflict on the ground between NCR landowners and plantation and logging companies and the government and increasing cases of litigation brought before the courts in Sarawak. It has been reported to that Adit conceded that there is a limit to what he can do, but by joining PKR he hopes to open the doors for other BN representatives to fight for change which he says looks inevitable, given the growing discontentment among Sarawakians against the state government.

He would not want to say more except that once he is officially in PKR, he will help his colleagues at state and national levels to build up the party’s grassroots where it counts most ahead of the state elections.” The question ahead of the huge Sibu gathering is after Adit’s entry and that of his supporters applying to join the party at the same time, what significant impact will it have especially in the rural areas. 

There is no doubt that PKR has more to gain than to lose with more people joining the party and its cause.But PKR Sarawak should not veer from its original stand of wrestling the State and its ultimate objective. The colgate analogy remains the most simplest way of selling the party to the new members and voters. ‘Every morning we use Colgate to brush our teeth and we buy it from the same supermarket in the neighboorhood. Suddenly this entrepreneur comes up knocking at our door and sells the same Colgate. Why would we buy..? He says he will DELIVER it to our door as soon as we call no matter what time of the day or night.” Are we willing to buy just for a  CHANGE. ? Same colgate but different approach.

Will Colgate be flooding the market with more people talking about PKR Groundswell after they have brushed their teeth. What comes out will be,”PKR is FRESH and PKR is Your Choice”or will this come out,”BN will say obviously,”Politics of Development” Whatever it is, the people will determine which slogan they will buy and who they want to administer Sarawak for them after the next State Elections.