Let’s get straight to the point. It does seem that PBB the mainstay of GPS coalition is being persuaded not to be overpowering and also disregarding the intentions of its smaller component parties in its alliances. The idiom PBB has surfaced and “PARTI BIG BROTHER” is now being widely heard across the length and breadth of Sarawak as it gears for PRN12.
Our earlier article https://audie61.wordpress.com/2020/01/11/we-dont-have-the-luxury/ was written on January 13th before the “Sheraton Move” which saw to the fall of PH ruling government of 22 months. According to a member of PBB he said this was a “divine intervention” for Sarawak.
Do you really think so?
Some component parties within GPS has looked upon this in a certain way to make their usual demands as they are backed by bigger brother in UMNO. It’s not a crisis but more of opportunities for them to stack their claims.
The little birds have been happily and politically chirping away and it seems that a “cuckoo” has finally made its intentions known. In recent days a component party leader has come out openly in an internet portal and created a stir of “traditional seats” and have definitely irked the more “illustrious” partner of PBB. The two parties PBB/SUPP has a long political association and in their glory days had 19 YBs in their fold.
If one was to read deeply into the political intonation we can safely say that the “we don’t have the luxury ” is now a thing of the past.
Why was there a sudden talk of “Seat Swapping”and also “Traditional seats”. One would be fool hardy to think otherwise. The real agenda for Abang Johari as the commander in chief and holding the “Watikah” for GPS is that it safely crosses the line of 42 seats and not to see a squabbling of sorts amongst the 4 allies in GPS.
Did someone conveniently forget that this PRN12, GPS will not have to answer to Barisan Nasional?
Its a new coalition and and there are strong support that the party in question and the leader has finally seen the “light of the day” of has he?
a} https://dayakdaily.com/pdp-seat-swapping-within-gps-to-ensure-winning/ In this article it says “traditional seats notion will bring trouble to GPS”
b} https://thenewsarawak.com/no-tengok-saja-candidates-in-coming-polls-says-supp/ Here a total rebutt from SUPP President where he said,” On SUPP’s decision to contest in all of its traditional seats, Dr Sim said that would remain the case, adding that all incumbent assemblymen would be put forward to stand in the upcoming state election.”
c} https://dayakdaily.com/gps-state-seat-allocation-must-consider-partys-winnability-asserts-tiong/ here lies the fish in the net for PDP. Quote”It will be useless for any party to cling to a seat if there are no chance of winning.”
GPS now has 68 seats an anything less than a 2/3rds majority will see that the coalition and its leaders and the commander in chief as weak. PBB will need to play the “big brother mentality and there is no two ways about it. A recap of our earlier posting which will draw more light to the political DYNAMICS :-
The Breakdown of Political Parties after PRN11
GABUNGAN PARTI SARAWAK
PDP – 3
LET US REFRESH OUR MINDS HOW SOME PARTIES HAVE INCREASED THEIR PARTY STRENGTH AND THEIR ASSEMBLYMAN AFTER PRN11.
THE SO CALLED DIRECT CANDIDATE WAS ALSO USED BY LATE CM ADENAN TO ENSURE ALL PARTIES ARE REPRESENTED, STRENGTHENED AND MAINTAIN A CUTTING EDGE TO WIN THE SEATS IN PRN11
EVERYONE WAS GIVEN A FAIR SHARE OF SEATS AND CANDIDATES TO WIN THE SEATS WHICH THEY STOOD IN. THERE WAS A CONSENSUS OF AGREEMENT THAT WHOEVER WINS HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE THE PARTY OF THEIR CHOICE. THEREAFTER THE RESULT WAS A FORGONE CONCLUSION.
THE DIRECT CANDIDATES CHOSE THE PARTIES OF THEIR CHOICE AND THIS WAS AGREED BY ALL TOP LEADERS.
A Political Emeritus Professor has even this to add in.”If the leaders of GPS maintain their stance and are like square pegs in a round hole they will END UP as History.
He further mentioned its already the age of twitter,instagram, telegram, whatsapp and Facebook but some of our Politicians have not moved with the times but stuck in their so called ‘TRADITIONAL’ mindset when local elections are won not by internal bickerings nor “surat layang2”
It does seem that PDP with 3 seats at the moment has made the most vocal call and in doing so does not want to be left behind in the numbers game.
DCM Masing had over the years reminded most PRS members that “politics is a long haul” and he knows that this PRN12 his party will face one of its toughest fight in the rural enclave as many who were his so called his lieutenants and loyalists have crossed the political divide and ready to face PRS in a newly found home of PSB which is believed to be strongly supported by “big towkays”
The present DUN building and its offices setup was built to accommodate 108 assemblyman. Presently, there are 82 YBs comfortably being housed in and in future there will and might be some delineation exercises to increase the numbers.
This is just to inform the parties in GPS that all is not lost if you do not STAKE CLAIM going into PRN12.
They always say,”win and maintain your seats and politically bargain for it later” Whats the use of harping for 10 or 20 seats when the party is weak at the grassroots level.
Has the leaders within GPS forgotten that “divine intervention” can work both ways.
We mentioned to a grassroots SUPP divisional head that it is imperative that SUPP secures their 7 seats won in PRN11 and make gains in few other seats. At the height of SUPP Glory days it was 19 seats for them in the State administration.
Today, even with their proud history they are well below PRS who has 11 assemblyman. One has to scrap the barrel in order to reach greater heights and if we look at MCA there were lucky even to have 1 seat left after GE14.
A senior and veteran PBB leader put it very nicely.” We dont want to be seen to force our might on the other component parties but GPS is a new entity going into the elections and we have to stand behind our commander in chief Abang Johari to make the wise and strategic choice.
FIGHT FOR THE SEAT AFTER GPS WINS IT, NOT BEFORE. THERE IS A SERIOUS CHALLENGE,YOU RISE OR YOU FALL. INTERNAL PROBLEMS CAN BE SETTLED AFTER PRN12.”
Nothing less than a convincing win as GPS still does not have the luxury as eventhough PH has crumbled the TERMITE in PSB remains a big threat to the rural seats held by GPS allies.
PBB will have its machinery well oiled going into PRN12 and would not want too much dirty laundry being hung up for the opposition to capitalise.
PBB as the mainstay of the GPS coalition will not want to be in a situation where it will be at the cliff edge and any dissatisfaction within its ranks must be solve amicably within the coalition.
Its like telling the allies,”Do not held us at Ransom or you will pay the price of politically crossing the comfort zone.”