“B” seems to be the appropriate word for the upcoming by- elections be it in Perak (Bukit Gantang) ,Kedah(Bukit Selambau) and now Sarawak (Batang Ai)
There has been speculations on who the candidates will be in the above seats. Obviously there will be jostling amongst the parties and intense lobbying that their candidates will be the most WINNABLE ONE.
The groundswell in Sarawak especially with PKR making waves with many ex-PRS members aligned to Larry Sng joining PKR. The reasons being the most obvious that they have lost confidence in PRS and also seeing their powers in PRS taken away from them being councillors and directors who were seen and known to be aligned to Larry.
It must also be noted that after coming off a bitter internal PRS struggle and seeing that their struggles with Larry did not bear the full fruition. They chose otherwise to go back to PRS and instead jump on the bandwagon of the PKR vehicle which is seen as the alternative. So PKR will be in a direct tussle with PRS on who has the right to represent the 7997 constituents of N29 Batang Ai.
Wow.! Is it true that Nicholas Bawin has joined PRS..? My ears cannot be failing me as the wax has been cleaned up. No,no,no it seems TV3 has made a mistake at 8.06pm when one of the announcers mentioned that Nicholas Bawin is with PRS and not PKR.
Or could have Nicholas irked the HIDDEN HANDS of the powers who have a say in the financial activities and movement of PKR Sarawak. Or could they be a more WINNABLE CANDIDATE besides Bawin.? This extract from the Malaysiakini correspondent is an interesting read and it could have been written to “appease certain power brokers’ in PKR Sarawak.
PKR state assemblyperson Gabriel Adit, who won the Ngemah state seat in 2006 as an Independent, told Malaysiakini: “PKR is strong and there is growing grassroots support for the party.”
“We are looking for a winnable candidate,” he said, adding that Bawin is among the frontrunners.Bawin is former president of the Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) as well as former vice-chairperson of the Majlis Adat Istiadat, a state government agency.
Another name mentioned as a likely candidate is popular local Iban politician Jawah Gerang, the former Lubok Antu MP who first won the parliamentary seat on a PBDS ticket.
A grassroot PKR member has this to say,” Both the PKR mentioned candidates have their strengths and weaknesses. But the weaknesses can be overcome as this is a new vehicle flying the FLAG OF PKR in this rural remote constituency.
Nicholas was defeated twice in his attempts for a seat while Jawah has a flawless record of 5 terms as MP and twice unopposed. Could Bawin be given the chance as a Third Time(3) lucky candidate or could Jawah be given a passport for the 6th Time.? If its up to the member he would have to pick one who has the record but in this case its up to the leaders in PKR to choose.
As for the BN candidate according to our sources the frontrunners seems to be between former immigration officer Naga Alam or senior civil servant Nelson Mujah Giri, currently the district officer of Lubok Antu.
Will this be the level playing field for these two candidates? Or could BN once again HELICOPTER another new face/skeleton free candidate in order not to incur the wrath of supporters of both these two wannabe candidates.
Potentially there will be troubles ahead if PRS is once again deprived of her PREFERRED candidate. Naga has been a serving P.A. for the late YB Dublin for the last ten years and he is a well known figure amongst the PRS faithful and constituents in Lubok Antu area.
Mujah is by virtue a heavyweight too being the brother of senior Federal Minister Douglas Uggah who is also a senior PBB Vice President. If he is chosen he will be asked to join PRS who is the party which has the rightful claim to the seat.
Both Pakatan and BN will have to make the right choice to wrestle or retain the seat of N29 Batang Ai. It seems that and it is confirmed though audie61 was uncertain earlier on that a by-election in Batang Ai is “compulsory” because the term of the present assembly has not completed even three years.
We say as always,” Who will have the EARS,the Potential and the Prerequisites to be chosen as Candidates in the 3 “B”s? Where will the Hammer fall? Who will be manouvering to see who FITS the Bill of the WINNABLE Candidate? Who will fit the final JIGSAW in their quest to be given the chance to run for Office?
In Memory of the late YB Datuk Dublin
PRS president Datuk Seri Dr James Masing praised Unting as a dedicated assemblyman who was committed to improving the socio-economic standard of his constituency and the state as a whole.
“He is a person who does not hold any grudges or ill feeling against anybody as far as I know.
* The Church service will be held on Thursday Morning the 26th of February 2009 at St.Thomas’s Cathedral Kuching, Sarawak.