Opposition concedes uphill polls battle in Sarawak

January 29, 2015 by Suara Kebenaran

Category: politik

KUCHING: Sarawak PKR vice-chairman See Chee How has conceded that the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) faces a tougher fight at the next state elections, in taking on Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem, compared with the last outing when Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud was still Chief Minister. However, he pledged to “fight for every vote”.

Echoing the “fight for every vote” theme, Sarawak DAP vice-chairman Leon Jimat Donald chipped in that Adenan has not been doing enough although he may have said all the right things. He cited several examples on combating illegal logging, especially in Sri Aman and Betong Divisions, where the practice was not what he preached.

He alleged that “logs were still being felled illegally in Simunjan, Engkilili and Betong and being transported elsewhere in the dead of night”.

He rules out Adenan getting the support of urban voters despite saying all the right things. “He inherited the Taib administration.

Reports have been lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission against Taib on allegations of practising cronyism, abusing power and being corrupt,” he cited as an example in a report carried by the Malay Mail Online. The rural votes were a different kettle of fish, he agreed, but pointed out that the Opposition was planting the seeds in rural seats.

“We continue to open their minds on their rights as citizens,” he added. Both Opposition leaders were commenting on the take by analysts polled by the online media on the prospects for the Opposition in the next state election compared with the previous one. Dr Jeniri Amir, senior lecturer in communication studies at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), said that Taib was used by the Opposition as “the galvanizing factor” in the last state election in 2011.

He expects the Barisan Nasional (BN) to win all the new 11 state seats since they are being carved out from the ruling party’s existing strongholds. He does not dwell on the fact that Taib is still around as Sarawak Governor. He does not expect any new issues to be raised by the Opposition at the next state election.

The Opposition is likely to raise the same old issues, he added but again does not mention whether Taib will still continue to be an issue in the wake of ongoing lobbying by several NGOs against the Sarawak Governor. Political scientist Paul Kadang, once with PKR and reportedly close to Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, rules out the BN making a comeback in the urban seats. He agreed that the rural seats would be tougher for the Opposition especially PKR and PAS. – See more at: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/01/29/opposition-concedes-uphill-polls-battle-in-sarawak/#sthash.IV1dElao.dpuf

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