Sunday, May 13, 2012

BN Leaders in Sabah & Sarawak Worry

Sabah and Sarawak BN leaders are suddenly losing sleep over the possibility that the general election may be held later this month or early next month. They felt it would be an inappropriate time as people in both states would be celebrating their traditional festivals of Pesta Kaamatan in Sabah and Gawai Dayak in Sarawak. This was a news report carried in The Sunday Star today on page 24.

Parti Bersatu Sabah information chief Johnny Mositun said the party felt it would be better for the general election to be called later. “We heard that Parliament could be dissolved any time now. But we feel it is better for it to be done after Kaamatan so as not to disrupt the celebrations,” Mositun said.

Actually, if you ask me why they worry so – it is simply because these celebrations will see many Sabahans and Sarawakians returning to their home states – and if GE13 is held at around the same time, it does not bode well for the ruling parties. I say this because the returnees are likely to be anti-UMNO/anti-BN since their eyes have opened and their ears have listened. And if this happens, the so-called local leaders – who have been comfortably ensconced in positions of privilege and power and obviously, benefiting materially – may find themselves at the receiving end of voters’ wrath, meaning, there is a real possibility that they may lose the election and forfeit their seats! When this happens, it won’t be a time of celebration for these perfidious politicians!

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