Word on the ground ,”It’s a close call 50-50 fight” It all depends on the candidates concerned. This is the scenario and of course its not just based on hearsay. A thorough evaluation and survey has been done in and around the constituency to gauge the acceptance of the candidates in question. The final candidate lists will be announced by the respective parties involved in the by-election.
It seems most likely that the BN PRS candidate will be the State assistant agriculture director Malcolm Muksin ak.Penghulu Lamuh. PKR has yet to agree on either Bawin or Jawah. However in todays tabloids in a press conference yesterday Nicholas Bawin as the PKR Lubok Antu Division chairman has been tasked to spearhead the opposition’s preparation in Batang Ai. Could he be so sure that he will be the CANDIDATE.??
According to a senior politician who was heavily involved during SNAP golden era,”nothing spectacular has changed in the Iban majority areas” Betong has seen developments but Engkilili,Lubok Antu and the surrounding areas needs to catch up.”
The Candidate young man referring to me, plays a very important part in any elections. Those days any candidate under BN symbol 60% already can be considered in the Council Negeri. Now,PKR or BN need to field the right candidate for this by election.
He says with an Uuumph and with a strong and commanding Iban voice!! This is how he reads it,”If its Malcolm versus Jawah it’s 50-50 but if its Malcolm versus Bawin its 60-40. SNAP was the perfect vehicle for a multiracial entity but you know what happened. It’s history now .
I’m sure, he added PRS and PKR will make sure their candidates when they lock horns their candidates will have the credibility and also ‘Semangat” to fight in the impending heavyweight battle of N29 Batang Ai.
In Malaysiakini portal it says that the English editorial NST has some views on N29 Batang Ai constituency. This is extracted,”Batang Ai, as it is known to the people of Sarawak and indeed everywhere else, has been gazetted “Batang Air” by the Election Commission may, on the face of it, appear a fairly minor concern, but it is in fact a laden matter. ”
We say as always,” 50-50 This statement will indeed be deliberated at length “Personality is an important factor in rural seats like Batang Ai but being a familiar old face will not give the candidate any advantage.It’s the VOTERS who will have the FINAL SAY…