Even before the funeral arrangements of Datuk Dublin Unting have been finalised word has it on the ground in Sarawak that PKR is already looking at this seat with enthusiasm. Could it be called also on April 7th with nomination on March 29th.?
The phones and sms has been very hot this morning upon hearing the demise of Sarawak Assistant Minister for Sports and Agriculture Dublin Unting at 1.26am.
In the last state elections the late Dublin Unting polled 3,295 votes against Bawin’s 2,489, with a majority of 806. Today Nicholas Bawin the party’s state vice-chairperson will be the most likely candidate for PKR according to our informed sources if the EC decides to call for a by-elections.
A former PRS Vice President (aligned to Larry Sng) mentioned that it will be a real tests for BN (Parti Rakyat Sarawak ) as it will not only be a fight between Pakatan-BN but also it will see the battle of the old wounds within the PRS camps.
Many of those aligned to YB Larry Sng has since joined PKR and they will present a big obstacle and a seemingly unwanted headache to BN PRS. The majority is only a slim 806 but one has to understand that the constituency has only a total of 7997 voters. Both sides of the political divide will have to work extra hard to impress upon the majority Iban voters of this remote rural constituency N29.
This extracted from Malaysiakini internet portal which will give a clearer picture on where the Election Commission stands. As the next state election will not be due until May 2011, the Election Commission could be calling a by-election in the next 60 days in Batang Air.
Under the election laws, the EC may leave the seat vacant should a state election is due within 18 months. But in the case of Batang Air, it will be more than two years before the current term of the state assembly expires.
Many political analysts sees this seat as a yardstick on whether the PKR or Pakatan machinery and influx in membership drive has created inroads for the coalition.
What is important is to see whether the SARAWAK STATE DAP will be in numbers to assist their coalition partners..? Will they be there? It remains to be seen as the clouds are still GREY in this area of cooperation and partnership.
BN will surely called upon PBB,SUPP and SPDP to assist in the impending by elections of N29.
We say as always,” The numbers which attended PKR dinners statewide cannot be a gauge of what is coming in N29 Batang Ai. PKR will need to work doubly hard to wrestle this seat from BN. Nothing is impossible but for BN everything boils down to the candidate PRS puts up.