“Sarawak State Elections..??”

CM Taib was interviewed by the Press/Media outside the DUN Building whether the defeat in Sibu means that the Sarawak State elections will be differed and held back. His answer was “I will call it when I am inspired” The rumour mill as published in the English News Borneo Posts has somewhat been the talk of the day after the Buzz of DAP/PR  win in P212Sibu’

 The calls for a SNAP election is growing louder as the Opposition parties sees it an Opportune time to strike when the Iron is Hot. In October 2009 we wrote this article ,”Maju Group 1987 Nearly..2011 .Not Unless..??” and this was extracted ,”20 seats out of 48 seats in 1987 and the Maju group nearly did it. 15 seats were won by PBDS and 5 seats by Permas. If the CM has the “Inspiration” he might just call the early elections in 2010 just a year short of the full term. 23 years later after 1987 and the seats have increased to 71

The State BN will need to go back to the drawing board and work their strategy to face the ever growing opposition front. A BN/SUPP political strategists said to audie61 that the loss in Sibu is Sad but they already know that the Hardcore Opposition numbers in Sibu is between 13000-15000 The Floodgates are already open and the 15000-20000 at the last day of the ceramah was an indication that the PEOPLES POWER is hard to stem out. We have never seen it in Sibu and this was really an EYE OPENER.

SUPP going through its toughest time and at its Lowest Ebb will need to pull together to win back the peoples hearts.We need to go all the way down to the grassroots,listen and action immediatedly instead of dishing out goodies during election time. 

Our top leaders needs to walk their talk from now and its no use to HARP ON IT BUT NOT PRACTISE IT. If not it will be a little too late as the State elections will be just a blink of an eye away.If the EYE OPENER of the ceramah is not an indicator what else is there..??

The CM looks very calculated in the questions asked by the Press/Media but deep down he must be very disappointed and angry that a strong BN/SUPP seat fell to DAP. He will not be running away from a fight and he will be leading the State BN to get a Fresh mandate from the rakyat. The question remains “Will the People Power be overpowering and make it unmanageable for the BN to hold onto the State..?”

 The People of Sarawak has reached political maturity unlike what a DUN member in todays English tabloid has mentioned that the 71 seats remains BNs strongholds and “its only a small battle losts“. On the surface it is a battle losts to BN but it must be noted that PEOPLE POWER will smack right back on his face if BN is too complacent. Even DCM George Chan has cautioned that the Sibu Loss is a Warning to BN.

People Power will determine who stays and admiinster the State of Sarawak after the next Elections.  CM remains cautious and he knows when the Inspiration Date is and he alone knows bests.

He needs to make the right decision at the right time and when it matters mosts and this inspiration will have a desired result for BN. People Power and the calls of early elections by the Opposition fronts will play right into the CM Taibs hands……

Check out this writeup

The Sarawak dilemma: A confident start, but bumpy ride lies ahead — Mariam Mokhtar

May 18, 2010

MAY 18 — Politicians from the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) have always believed that they can fool all of the people all of the time.

At least, until Sunday, when the people of Sibu made history by voting in the DAP candidate and rejecting BN’s choice from the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP).

The slim majority of 398 votes may not sound convincing, but it is nevertheless a win for the DAP. If money politics had not been involved, the DAP might have had a majority of several thousand votes.

After BN’s shameful underhand tactics, with offers of money and promises of development that were made only last week (a similar tactic was done in the last Hulu Selangor by-election), this win is a clear message from the electorate.

This victory is well-deserved. The DAP worked hard for it but it must be under no illusion, for if the electoral dice had fallen differently, politics in Sarawak and Malaysia would have been business as usual.

Politicians from both sides of the political divide had a gruelling week on the campaign trail. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak visited the area, not once but three times, in breathless pursuit of every last possible vote. During the last visit, the public was serenaded by the prime minister’s wife. Were these renditions BN’s swansong or were they the battle cries to arouse patriotic sentiment and an esprit de corps within the BN supporters?

Najib’s presence was seen as a desperate bid to woo the Chinese, Iban and Melanau voters. But campaigning wasn’t confined to members of the Cabinet. For the opposition, DAP national chairman Karpal Singh took a break from court proceedings in Putrajaya to put in an appearance in Sibu. Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the de facto opposition leader, for whom sleepless nights and a rigorous schedule, both nationally and overseas, are nothing new joined the PAS president Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang on the opposition campaign trail.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said that it needed a miracle for its candidate to win and overcome BN’s money politics. But election day turned out just as confusing and frustrating as the campaign. There were lots of contradictory messages throughout the day. By 11pm, the outcome was inevitable and we now know a number of certain truths.

First, that BN lost, and badly. Najib made Sibu his personal crusade but the electorate showed him the door. Million ringgit bribes for Chinese and mission schools, church donations and financial gifts to longhouse residents did not sway these Sarawakians. Even the unprofessional manner of the Election Commission failed to stem the rising tide against BN.

There was no doubt that the DAP and Pakatan soldiered on as best as they could during the campaign, pitting their limited resources against the well-funded, bloated and well-oiled political machinery of BN.

Second, will Najib rise to the occasion as the “people’s prime minister”? At Rejang Park last Saturday, Najib said he would sign a cheque for RM5 million for flood mitigation measures on condition the BN candidate, Robert Lau, was “delivered” to him in the following day’s polling.

In the same speech, he said that “his government cares for the people” and “fights for the people”. He made reference to being the PM of “1 Malaysia” and that the “people come first, and that “it is the people that matter”.

Najib has acknowledged that Sibu needs money to solve its flooding problems. In addition, Sibu also has a lack of basic infrastructure in the rural districts, a serious gang culture, land rights issues, poverty, a prolonged economic malaise and a mass exodus of its youth. Will Najib put party political interests aside and act responsibly, in the name of national interests?

The failure of the electorate to “agree to a deal” must present Najib with one of his biggest challenges. How will he confront this problem? The Sarawak state elections are due. Sibu has shown a swing to the DAP, but the state is tightly controlled by its Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud, and BN, which holds a tight rein on the federal government, still pulls the strings in Sarawak.

It is interesting too that Najib told the people in Rejang Park: “You shouldn’t listen to people who make promises”, in a veiled reference to the Pakatan opposition. He then promised to help Sibu, only if BN won. He proclaimed that he was the “prime minister for all” and that his “stable government that cares and delivers” wanted to see a “strong, prosperous Malaysia”. So, will he honour his pledge now that he is the “people’s prime minister”?

The third truth is the “elephant in the room” in the form of Taib. He is reportedly one of the richest men in the world, with assets and businesses in Malaysia and worldwide. The major issues concern his style of governance and the appointment of his successor as head of state, and leader of his party.

People may say that the White Rajahs of Sarawak, who ruled the state for 100 years, have gone. They haven’t. The Taib Mahmud dynasty is a poor copy of the original Brookes of England. Taib is not revered like the White Rajahs. His vision is short-lived.

His political style and mismanagement of Sarawak’s resources suggest that he rules Sarawak as if the state were his own, with a vulgar display of wealth and a lack of concern and respect for the welfare of the people. Timber concessions and the approval of multi-million dollar projects are kept within a select band of people.

Sarawakians are angry with him, and he was deliberately sidelined from the Sibu campaign trail as he was considered a liability. Companies operating in the interior have allegedly polluted the rivers and groundwater, destroyed jungle pathways and raped the women of the indigenous tribes. But still no form of justice is evident and no one has been made accountable.

Plantations benefit the owners, and dam construction, the project builders. Despite the development in trading, construction, property and road making, very little money and few benefits have filtered down to the common man. Education, provision of health services, law enforcement, electricity, running water, roads and basic infrastructure are still lacking in many parts of Sarawak.

The people of Sibu have delivered a clear message to the government. It remains to be seen if the opposition Pakatan and DAP can maintain this momentum into the state elections and also the general election.

The real test lies ahead and the road will be bumpy. The newly-elected MP has to lead and show how to effect a fundamental change in politics, where national interests take precedence. The country must come first and not party politics.

After his success was announced, an elated Wong Ho Leng expressed his gratitude to the voters: “Thank you Sibu. Thank you Malaysia. One small step in winning Sibu, one giant step to winning Putrajaya.”

Wong should not be modest in his achievements and aspirations. When asked by reporters what he thought the results would mean for impending state polls, Wong replied that “Sarawak is ready for change.”

We disagree. He should have said “Malaysia is ready for change.”

* Mariam Mokhtar is commentator of Malaysian politics and life.

15 thoughts on ““Sarawak State Elections..??”

  1. francis ngu says:

    Think my dear Sarawakians, the rythm of 200 + million Sarawak people has to rhyme with the inspiration (read whims) of an octogenarian. And he and George and Alfred, gallant at his side, will lead the Charge of the Times ! “And Sibu (add Sarawak) will not be what it is today if not for me !” Isn’t it getting a bit personal ? Why not “I am Sarawak, Sarawak is I, alpha, omega, — till the end of times.”

  2. 1MALAYSIAN says:

    He is waiting for a ” MIMPI MANAH” ( good dream in IBan language) – to have an so called INSPIRATION or take time/chance to slice and increase more constituencies to 100 in favour of his PBB. The suspension of the 2 PR representatives is one of the desperate reactive strategies

    However, a very early and soonest poll is also possible if he considers not giving more time to the opposition have a growing louder voice and people’s growing awake

    However and whenever it may be, SUPP will continue to lose more; one vital reason being its “impotence” in BN Sarawak government. The spirit of SUPP has long lost and will hardly recover as more and more Dayak/Ibans choose to stay apart from the so called leardership

    One and only effective remedy for BN Sarawak is to change; a change to be more ” people concerned” than being too much “pocket concerned”

    We dont want to see a divided and unrest Sarawak politic;rather we expect people of races to live in harmony under a tender and sincere administration. This is 2010, people no more bow to threat and lure, fooling and bullying

  3. Mata Kuching says:

    Taib Mahmud cited among others the presence of outsiders as the cause of BN defeat. Is he telling his boss, Najib and the entire federal cabinet in advance to fuck off and let him handle the coming state election his own way?

    Malaysians in Sarawak shall be ever ready to show him and UMNO controlled BN who are the real boss and who had been ungrateful for the past 47 years.

    Bring it on Taib! People’s power will be backing the helpless rural poor.

  4. Ho Ho Ho says:

    :shock: Ai yo yoyoyo this kind of :?: need to be ‘buang’ la bcoz he is useless lawless law-breaker and not law-maker :shock: :oops:

  5. francis ngu says:

    Until May 16, the prospects of Pakatan capturing PetraJaya did not look bright. On the night of May 16th, people all over Sarawak and indeed Malaysia had another revival of Faith in Peoples’ Power, God-Allah willing.

    The people of Sibu had to catch up with 520 and 308.
    Next round, people all over Sarawak will be making up for lost time since 520, 308 and most of all Sibu 516, cumulatively compounded. That may become a Munak !

    A small majority win in Sibu, it is made out to be, but a highly significant swing of votes.
    Giving an average swing to Pakatan in the next GE, conservatively on the scale of
    Sibu, it is 10% Swing by the Chinese and 3% swing in the Kampungs.

    This scale of swing if repeated over even half the seats in Sarawak, would give BN a rough ride in all the seats in the Kuching-Samarahan Divisions, Balai Ringgin, Sri Aman, Engkilili, Lubuk Antu, Saribas, all of Sibu and lower Rejang, Kidurong, Jepak, Pujut, Bekenu, Limbang and perhaps more. The swing in many Dayak and kampung areas in Kuching Samarahan and Sri Aman divisions may be potentially more than 3% due to a confluence of other factors.

    Both sides, and SPR, would be working out their scenario
    on a hypothetical swing of 3, 5, 8, 12 or even 15 %. Over to them.

  6. Mata Kuching says:

    Never before in Sibu — Wee Wui Keat (loyarburok.com)
    May 19, 2010

    MAY 19 — Never before in Sibu have we seen such a strong line of a multi-ethnic opposition coalition working together hand-in-hand way into the wee hours of the night to bring about change.

    Never before in Sibu have we seen so many Malays proudly wearing DAP caps and wearing DAP shirts on the streets and sidewalk.

    Never before in Sibu have we seen a Malay woman donning the tudung, hoisting a huge DAP flag.

    Never before in Sibu kopitiam have we seen Chinese men inviting Malay PKR men (who are strangers to them) to engage in an amicable and spirited conversation about political issues and problems.

    Never before in Sibu have we witnessed such a wide range of formerly-alleged-as “taboo” and “sensitive” issues analysed and discussed in front of a huge and eager multi-racial audience in such peace, non-hostility, and good faith.

    Never before in Sibu have we witnessed such a huge 15,000-strong public turn up at the Opposition’s grand finale ceramah on May 15, 2010 and stayed there for six consecutive hours — from 6.00pm to midnight.

    Not only were they there on their own accord, they did not leave when it drizzled, they were not paid to turn up, and they even donated on the spot for the cause.

    Never before in Sibu have we witnessed a huge public crowd that is more drawn to listen to speech on issues instead of seeing fireworks and helicopters flying.

    Never before in Sibu have we witnessed our Malaysian prime minister flying in to Sibu three times in a week to campaign for one sole Parliamentary seat — which the ruling coalition also alleged that the opposition would not be able to do anything with — thus showing to Sibu people how important that one seat is.

    Much is owed to the fact that it was a lone by-election and hence the deployment of all the national heavyweight political figures from both sides of the divide.

    Never before in Sibu when we have such a huge successive public attendance at ceramahs night after night involving multi-racial cross-section of the community where there is total devotion to listen to every word spoken without any incentive to lure the public by offering food, BBQ, jamuan makan malam or rumah terbuka feasts, lucky draw, beauty contest, karaoke singing competition, and all that rubbish.

    Never before in Sibu has the Election Commission headquarters at Sibu Civic Centre been cordoned off by so many police and FRU with all surrounding roads blocked off amidst serious traffic jam due to the huge public crowd gathering in the rain to await the final outcome of an election around the Civic Centre.

    Never before in Sibu have so many of my friends come to realise the value of being a registered voter and cherish the ability to vote.

    Never before in Sibu have I heard young people telling each other “I am going to register as a voter, fly home and vote next time to do my part.”

    Sibu by-election May 16, 2010 is a day of so many “Firsts” for Sibu and I wish it will also trigger many more “Firsts” for the rest of the Central Region of Sarawak.

    It is indeed a miracle.

  7. Minda Mandol says:

    What a said story 2 tell but then this true story. The Malays n Ibans leaders r still deafs n dumbs. Do the same to Malays n Ibans people. They’r not honest to themselves. They’re chaeting themselves. Why not, they say bad things about supp/pbb/bn but when given money rm300-rm600 per door in longhouses, they choose to vote for supp/pbb/bn. They choose to live as they’r now. Living in poverty without treated water supply, no electricity, untarred roads deprived form the real developments. What I observed be they’r malays or ibans to me they’re not sincere to themselves. As I see it they’re not what they’re. They’re too good that they think they just cannot vote for reform but to vote supp/pbb/bn though they know they’re being mistreated n mishandle. Well it’s all u’re the people who choose to further merinsak dalam kemiskinan. It’s ur choice.

  8. Mata Kuching says:

    The helpless rural poor ain’t heavy for us. They are our brothers. They are not a burden to us with their lack of education. We shall continue to fight for their interest and help them to help themselves to first to regain their identity and dignity and to know their right to developing their own land.

    Every effort now must be made to register the rural youths and educate them to differentiate good government and governance from the corrupted and oppressive.

    All religious institutions in Sarawak and Sabah must take it upon themselves as their moral responsibility to preach and speak out against abuse of political power, corruptions and seek just use of power.

    As a christian I strongly feel the church and all religious institutions have a role in all activities relating to governing, guiding and building a civil society. All religious institutions must not turn away from socio-political-economic issues and concerns. As a christian I can attest that Scriptures and history clearly support the church’s place in these concerns.

    All religious leaders in Malaysia must be bold to deliberate on the role and involvement of religious institutions in socio-political-economic issues.

    Sarawak and Sabah will still be the best states in Malaysia for all religious institution to preach and speak out against the abuse of political power, corruptions and seek the just use of power.

  9. Mata Kuching says:

    The Pakatan ADUNs were elected by the rakyat to be their mouth piece and voice in DUN. With the systematic suspension of Pakatan ADUNs by the big bully in Sarawak BN, the UMNO controlled BN in Sarawak led by the white crocodile has effectively trampled on the democratic rights of the rakyat and effectively sideline issues of concerns to and affecting the rakyat.

    With the demise of democracy in our DUN, Sarawakians must wear black to protest against the suspension of Pakatan ADUNs.

  10. Ho Ho Ho says:

    Ho :lol: Ho :lol: Ho :lol:
    :oops: Postal votes are very very unfair as most government servant will obey their master like a YES man bcoz if :lol: :lol: :lol:
    :lol: YOU HELP ME , I HELP YOU :lol:
    :arrow: Like what happen to the opposition now with their no GENTLEMAN attitude that bully the minority now :arrow:
    :shock: 2 DAP rep suspended and now wanna censure another :oops: :shock:
    Majority silent voters and loving Malaysians are watching closely with their brain n eyes to see how cruel and bad those bumNO going to do their DRAMA again that majority RAKYAT really hates them but they are too SOMBONG n ARROGANT to listen even to their own components minority ADVICES :lol: :lol: :lol:
    PEOPLES POWER will votes and kick them out comes 13th GE or any elections to come :lol:
    Ho :lol: Ho :lol: Ho :lol:

  11. fedup says:

    Time for change! And that change does not include pek mo..time to retire man.

    So much to live for, why stay for the sake of extra millions or billions? As if the extra few b/millions will make you as more immortal. Still not enough kah?

    Strange to many people how for one who has so much wealth is at the same time so ‘poor’. What’s the point? No one live forever! Money certainly can’t make you live forever.

    Just in case there’s a hell, one should redeem oneself now before it is too late. There’s apparently 18 levels of hell according to some beliefs. Damn!

    A shroub has no pockets!

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