Monday, May 17, 2010

Well Done, DAP!

The DAP won the Sibu parliamentary by-election, when their candidate Wong Ho Leng won the three-cornered fight with a 398-majority vote. Wong, who is also Bukit Assek state assemblyman, garnered 18,845 votes against BN's Robert Lau Hui Yew, who polled 18,447 votes while independent Narawi Haron only collected 232 votes. Despite the small margin of win, at least DAP is able to wrest this seat from BN.
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In the March 2008 general election, BN's five-time MP and Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew won with a 3,235-vote majority in a three-cornered fight beating Wong and Lim Chin Chuang of PKR. He obtained 19,138 votes against Wong's 15,903 and Lim's 812.
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While many of us are happy with this win - this is only the beginning of a long journey to win votes in Sarawak. Still, it demonstrates that the BN use of the checkbook will not impress unhappy voters!
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Oh yeah, I forgot to thank those who sent their Teachers' Day greetings to me today! Nice to know students remember this day.

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