Let Sarawakian be the judge

After KT, there is hope for Sarawak
Tony Thien | Jan 19, 09 10:54am
“It looks like there is now hope for Sarawak,” read a text message from a KL-based senior bank manager, a

MCPXLun Bawang, following PAS’ victory in the Kuala Terengganu by-election.

This was the second by-election victory for Pakatan Rakyat after the March 2008 general elections, confirming waning support for the ruling coalition.

The Orang Ulu bank manager was referring to PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim-led Pakatan Rakyat’s campaign to wrest control of Sarawak from BN in the next state elections due at the latest by 2011.

He said: “The KT results confirmed for the second time, after Permatang Pauh, that the wind of change that swept the country on March, 2008 is real and here to stay.”

“In fact it is gathering strength instead of dying out as BN would hope!”

He added: “To the Sarawakians it says the moment of truth is now. It’s time the voters show (Chief Minister Abdul) Taib Mahmud the final curtain.”

There has been talk that the long-serving chief minister may call the state elections earlier. Although he has publicly ruled out elections this year, many believe it will be held to pave the way for his son Sulaiman, 39, the Samarahan MP and deputy tourism minister, to eventually take over from him.

‘Change in the making’

Almost without any exception, Sarawak PKR leaders and supporters said the Kuala Terengganu by-election results would be a big morale booster for Pakatan Rakyat.

In its major roadshows so far in places like Kuching, Sibu and Miri, PKR has proclaimed that ‘Change We Can’ and ‘Change is in the Making’.

Sarawak has 71 state assembly seats, of which eight are in the hands of the opposition (DAP 6, PKR 2) and one Independent (pro-BN).

Senior leaders of state BN component parties Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Sarawak United Peoples Party(Supp) have already warned their colleagues to take the threat from Pakatan Rakyat seriously.

Even within Taib’s own Parti Pesaka Bumiputera (PBB) some senior leaders have told the chief minister not to take the threat from PKR lightly.

But Taib doesn’t seem perturbed, said several political observers.

PKR has already penetrated far and deep into Dayak areas which represent a total of 28 state seats while DAP’s support among the Chinese, especially in urban centres, is growing.

DAP eyes Chinese majority areas

There are 17 Chinese majority and mixed state constituencies, most of which are likely to be contested by DAP with a few going to PKR’s Chinese candidates.

The Malay/Melanau areas with a total of 25 state seats would prove to be a tough nut to crack. Taib’s PBB has a strong hold on these seats.

But the vulnerable ones are said to be in and around Kuching - Simunjan, Gedong and Sibu - because of local issues and problems.

In the last state elections, PAS lost narrowly in one of the Malay seats in the Simunjan area.

A combined Pakatan Rakyat campaign could have a significant impact.

If the Pakatan Rakyat wins in Pensiangan (a by-election will be held if PBRS leader Joseph Kurup loses his appeal), that would further confirm a swing among the rural constituents towards the opposition and spell big trouble for Sabah BN in the next general elections as well.

In Sarawak, the opposition has played up various issues to great effect. This includes the growing disquiet over land issues Taib’s leadership, the wealth of top politicians in the state, cronyism, nepotism, corruption and marginalisation of various groups in business, the civil service and other economic opportunities.

PKR would continue with its roadshows ahead of the state elections and bring in their bigwigs, including the chief minister and mentris besar, to meet the locals.

Thousands had flocked the dinner gatherings in Kuching, Sibu and Miri to listen to Anwar Ibrahim and Selangor Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim.

Other road shows will be held in major towns in Sarawak with seminars in between to prepare party members for election work.

A senior party leader told Malaysiakini that they will expose their potential candidates at such gatherings and seminars to the grassroots.

“We believe the state elections could be held this year and so we must be prepared,” he added.

KT is not a benchmark

In a related development, Taib said results of the Kuala Terengganu by-election should not be used as a benchmark in any election, including the Sarawak election due in 2011.

The chief minister, who is also Sarawak BN chairperson, said it was not easy to make general recommendations from one event, including the need to rebrand BN to win the hearts and minds of the people.

“There is no such thing as a benchmark in any election and, judging by the results, although BN lost, the votes for BN were quite high in spite of the fact that many people tell me that the candidate was not well chosen or popular among the electorate,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama.

Source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/96714

“Taib said results of the Kuala Terengganu by-election should not be used as a benchmark in any election, including the Sarawak election due in 2011.”

Still in denial mode! :twisted: Let Sarawakian be the judge in the next coming election…

no use if pr capture the urban seats… for which there’s a fairly good chance. the key is to capture the rural seats which have always been monopolised by bn by misusing government funds and facilities to reach and buy those folks which are very hard to reach. go to those areas and ask the folks if they know who’s anwar ibrahim then we’ll know pr’s real chance there…

MIRI: Prove to the people that you can deliver and not just give lip service.

Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) president Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan, in giving this reminder to party leaders and members, said the guy who could win the hearts and minds of voters would be the one considered effective.

When you got a 50:50 chance, personality becomes important. People will see that this guy is a performance-oriented guy who can deliver, Dr Chan said yesterday.

He was asked to comment on the Kuala Terengganu by-election which was won by Parti Se-Islam Malaysia (PAS) candidate Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut.

The by-election was held after the death of Deputy Education Minister Datuk Razali Ismail.

In the last general election held in March last year, Razali had defeated Mohamad Sabu from PAS and independent candidate Maimun Yusuf with a 628-vote majority.

Last time when I went there I was told that Razali won (the election) because of his personality, and he has been extremely effective and the people like him, he said.

Dr Chan said the people would support any candidate, regardless of party, if he had the personality or quality they liked, much like Razali.

This is why I always tell young leaders and members that performance is important and just talking is useless. People will not be taken in and be impressed when you talk only. It must be result-oriented performance, said Dr Chan.

I want to see results. I dont want people to talk too much as just talking would be no use. I see that they must be thinking of how to deliver and not just lip service, he added.

On the Kuala Terengganu by-election, Dr Chan said it had always been a difficult area with the presence of three candidates - from PAS, Barisan Nasional and an independent.

I would think that BN has been doing very well under the circumstances and the Chinese support is still there, he added.

Earlier, accompanied by Assistant Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communication Lee Kim Shin, Pujut assemblyman Andy Chia and party members, Dr Chan did a walkabout of the major markets in Miri.

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[quote=“remaong”]This is why I always tell young leaders and members that performance is important and just talking is useless. People will not be taken in and be impressed when you talk only. It must be result-oriented performance, said Dr Chan.

I want to see results. I dont want people to talk too much as just talking would be no use. I see that they must be thinking of how to deliver and not just lip service, he added.[/quote]

indeed! but what kind of results?
perhaps we should have annual KPI for our yb’s too?
without KPI how can anyone claim that they have delivered result? what is that success measured against?
would it still be good performance if a double carriage way is only built 10 years after it is needed? or is it acceptable result as long as less than a hundred people have died on it?
is it still good result when something need to be said or done are not seen as having been said or done?
hard working is usually a good trait, but not always. it’s common wisdom that running hard in circles is futile without knowing that we are running in the right direction. so, while i appreciate that you don’t like to talk too muh, but could you please share with us, which direction are you leading us down before asking us to follow you down the same path? what can we look forward to in 20 years time? and how do we get there? more environmental damages, or less? more corruption, or less? better quality education system, or less? a more islamised country, or less? bigger gap between the haves and have-nots, or less? more racial devides or less? and so on. thank you.

SH,

I really admire your thinking…so full of ‘energy’

I don’t think they would want to share which direction they are going lead us for they themselves has loss sense of direction.

i hope not. i really hope i’ll be proven wrong. i’ll be most happy being corrected.

i would vote for PKR only if they minus the racial thingy…

You can say these s’wak BN folks are in denial mode but in actual fact they know very well they are in real deep ■■■■. They might talk like its a small matter and the lost is anticipated but in actual fact with the huge amount of money spent, and still lose is a major setback to them. Performance of individual is important but that does not mean principle, struggle, courage and integrity of the political party the individual belongs to is insignificant. A good politician who joins or stays in a rotten party will look equally rotten.

dublin unting is brain dead from the stroke but CM hasnt call for by-election

…and the person giving the most lip service is he, himself.

what racial thingy? please elaborate.

yeah … i would to know what “racial thingy” they have

Trully said…If he wants to prove it, then make project to [size=200]EXPAND[/size] the Tudan Road & Permyjaya Road… :evil:

oh… it’s in the plan already… a 4th bridge across miri river also in the plan… but see anyone dare to promise a date or not.

i can also prophesise on alot of things without giving dates… like: the permyjaya road will be expanded. a 4th bridge will be built. you just wait lah. i’ll be proven right and you shall call me a prophet.

PKR sarawak and sabah chief is Anwar. My worries are…are Sarawak rights such as our immigration autonomy and other things guaranteed? If I was to vote opposition…why can’t there be Sarawak components in PR? just like PBB, SUPP, SPDP, PRS in BN?..just my thoughts. I don’t feel comfortable with parties from peninsular. …not even MCA or UMNO

right… why don’t supp join pr… to make a real difference?

i suspect many bn components who had experienced being shouted down by umno in the cabinet, or other so-called negotiation meetings, want to leave, but don’t dare too. well not until they ended up like sapp and gerakan, when there is nothing to lose anymore. when it’s too late.

courage. courage in leadership. that’s what we need.

mca and umno we don’t trust. pbb we don’t trust also. a PR led by pkr for all malaysians, regardless of race, religion and location is becoming a viable option.

george, the race card, the religion card, and the state-autonomy card has passed their used-by dates.

is it better to have supp shouted down by umno, than to have dap sarawak shouted down by pkr? you tell me.

oh… it’s in the plan already… a 4th bridge across miri river also in the plan… but see anyone dare to promise a date or not.

i can also prophesise on alot of things without giving dates… like: the permyjaya road will be expanded. a 4th bridge will be built. you just wait lah. i’ll be proven right and you shall call me a prophet.[/quote]

CMS = prophet? :shock:

no lah… they’ll tell you it’s the saviour.

[quote=“stupidhead”]
no lah… they’ll tell you it’s the saviour.[/quote]

wow…no wonder he can live long happily… :roll: & [size=200]prosper…[/size]

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