What signal is the Federal government sending down to the Sarawak State BN government? The approval and reality of 5 New political parties in Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak( Teras), Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDS Baru), Parti Ekonomi Rakyat Sarawak Bersatu (PERSB), Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) and Peace Party has indeed send shivers down the spine of mosts observers.
The tension felt has made many BN loyalists feeling aggrieved that something more sinister is happening in the background. Sarawak BN Secretary Dr.Stephan Rundi have already come out openly to protect his President by saying,”Taib is definitely not retiring just yet and the rumour of Pehin stepping down in November was mere speculation. The party still needs him to lead and the top leadership will decide when the time comes. ”
We wrote earlier and this will be proven come the PBB convention in October. lets repeat it here shall we, ”
PBB will remain united to ensure that President Taib and his deputy remains for another 3 year term after the Triennial PBB Convention.
We will hear the shouts from all delegates from the corridors at BCCK SARAWAK and it Will reverberate and send a Thunderous response to ALL at the closing of the convention with
HIDUP TAIB ! HIDUP TAIB ! HIDUP TAIB ! HIDUP JABU! HIDUP JABU ! HIDUP JABU! HIDUP PBB ! HIDUP PBB ! HIDUP PBB !
However those detractors who want to see an end to Taibs Chief Ministership will just have to swallow their words. The tension will be unbearable for some who feels that Taib will be a liability as Sarawak goes for the 11th State elections. There are some who feels that by approving and injecting more political parties in the state it will break the stranglehold of Taibs rule.
It does seem that they will use all the necessary strategies available to derail Taib’s hold of the state. The opposition can go as much only as putting their stamp on the urban areas and to win over the rural areas there are still so much to be done. The 4 BN parties have done their part to ensure that PBB and Taib remains in power.
55 out of 71 seats is no easy feat and winning 35 0ut of 35 for PBB means Taib is very much in control of the party and of course there are many who are very unhappy with the continuation of Taib rule.
Will the dominoes fall? There will be at least 10 Parties going against BN Sarawak parties in PBB,SUPP,PRS and SPDP in the next state elections. An article which appeared in an internet portal paints a grim picture on one of the 4 BN parties in the present administration. This article headlines,”New party, PBB strategy to kill-off SPDP?” which in itself has already tried to destabilise the BN4 Government.
The opinion of the writer should have also included the defunct PBDS which has been given a new lease with PBDS(baru) in which it should also mention as a direct challenger to PRS throne in the rural enclave. It is also a known fact that Taib has a soft spot for William Mawan as he has always been very loyal to Taib.
Some school of thoughts have of late said that Taib is not too keen on James Masing as he still portrays an ambitious streak to be a front runner if Taib is defeated at the polls. However, Taib is unfazed by all the political swirlings and dealings in the background as his intelligent sources have convinced him that the 5 parties are in fact a ‘target to stop the opposition parties” in PKR,DAP and PAS.
James Masing will need to bring PRS through another stormy sea as PBDS in itself is very much the heart and soul for mosts dayak politicians who see it in the same mould of race based parties like UMNO,MCA and MIC.
PBDS has already declared itself as BN friendly and it does look more likely that they will face head-on against not only PKR/DAP/PASn its Pakatan allies but also PRS. It will not be a smooth ride for BN 4 anymore says a veteran politician who has since said he has exited from the scene.
A close aide to the President of SPDP was not too amused with the cheekiness and not factual writing especially when it touched on the MPs. The article claimed that an ex SC member who mentioned that,” at least two of the current four parliamentarians are “weighing their odds” This he said,”totally baseless,untruth and it is trying to bring a wedge between PBB and SPDP for reasons best known to the writer himself.”
There are of course some differences between some leaders in BN4 but its only normal in any organisations that some do not see eye to eye. When it matters most BN4 Sarawak remains united going against a common enemy. William Mawan SPDP President openly thanked PBB for their undivided support in the last GE13 when he defeated Ali Biju of PKR who thought he could easily defeat the SPDP President.Many were hell-bent to not only defeat him but also HUMILIATE him to submission and quit the party as President.
The dominoes did not fall for PBB,PRS,SPDP as they made a clean sweep and the only casualty was SUPP who losts 6 out of 7 seats they contested. Sarawak BN won 25 out of 31 seats and PBB who won 14 seats is the second strongest parliamentary party after UMNO.
Will the 5 new parties change the landscape for PBB and 3 of its allies? Will the dominoes fall? In the view of a senior political analyst it will not as it will make the BN4 more determined than ever to wrestle back seats which were lost to the opposition in 2011. Taib will come out of the PBB convention very moved and will feel comfortable to lead the party to end the detractors intervention of Sarawaks politics once and for all.
The tension remains very high and the bubble will not burst as BN4 will go beyond all the interferances and ensure that the alliance of PBB,SUPP,PRS and SPDP remains the Choice of the People of Sarawak.
However and Whatever will be thrown at Taib and his BN4 alliance it will be fruitless as long as many will very much prefer “the devil you know rather than the devil which looms outside and wants to takeover from the leadership of Taib Mahmud and PBB as the backbone of BN4.
It’s a tough call and the high tension remains but the dominoes will not fall like many who have predicted with Taibs rule coming to an end.
You will also be shouting after the 11th State elections,”Hidup Taib! Hidup Taib Hidup Taib!”
It’s up to you to prove me WRONG…