Saturday, April 16, 2011

BN Still Wins Big in Sarawak


BN managed to keep their two-thirds legislative majority in Sarawak and Taib Mahmud is still in charge. But today’s results have shattered the coalition’s invincibility and the notion of a fixed deposit in future elections. The DAP doubled its presence to 12 (Padungan, Pending, Kota Sentosa, Batu Kawah, Repok, Meradong, Bukit Assek, Dudong, Pelawan, Kidurong, Pujut and Piasau), PKR won 3 (Ba'kelalan, Krian and Batu Lintang) while Independent George Lagong took one seat (i.e. Pelagus).

The opposition came up against a steamroller of a PM who will do pretty much anything to win an election. It is going to be pretty much the same at the next general election. And money politics was rampant. On the eve of polling, the going rate in Miri was RM1,000 per identity card and apparently RM7,000 in Ba’Kelalan (Webpage http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/print/breakingviews/five-things-we-learned-in-sarawak-the-malaysia-insider/, posted April 16, 2011).

For those Sarawakians who voted for BN, I feel really sorry for you.

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