Sarawak Politics entering new era

Posted on March 22, 2011


Yesterday, the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly was dissolved, paving the way for the 10th Sarawak State election.

For people not familiar with Sarawak politics, our State is the only state in the Federation of Malaysia that currently holds its state polls separate from the General Elections, which also includes the Federal election.

The other states had their state elections concurrently with the Federal elections in 2008. The last State election we had was in 2006.

So what’s different about this election, you may ask? Well, for one thing, this will most likely be the last Sarawak election led by the current Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

He’s already announced that his main aim now is to secure a convincing win for the Barisan Nasional and then get on with the job of choosing a team to succeed him.

The reference to “team” here is quite important actually because in his 30 years as the politician-in-chief of Sarawak, he’s always had his team around, which comprised of leaders from nearly all the ethnic groups in the State.

He’ll need the new team to ensure that peace and harmony are in place after he calls it a day and also to make sure that the State’s prosperity is in place through all the SCORE initiatives.

The new team must also make sure that balanced development takes place so that our environment remains secure for generations to come, especially through the continued system of sustainable forest management that is practiced now.

The DCM1 has also indicated that this will be his last elections, so PBB and SUPP will be helmed by new leaders, come the next Federal election.

As who will actually lead the new team…that’s good enough for a whole new posting, so I’ll wait till then to discuss it.

Besides, I think CM will stick around between now and the next Federal election, which isn’t due until 2013.

By then a new Chief Minister will lead Barisan Nasional Sarawak to continue on with the struggle of bringing the State to greater heights.

As you can see, I’ve already assumed that BN will win this current election, and that the new Chief Minister of Sarawak will lead the charge when the time comes.

I can’t help it really, especially when even the opposition, namely DAP, says that its only hope is to deny BN a two-thirds majority. No thoughts about winning, at all. Wishful thinking maybe.

Make no mistake, we need a strong government to ensure Sarawak fulfills its destiny, and the only real choice right now is BN. That is the reality. The opposition is just so dis-organised and seem to be so power-hungry for some reason.

Since, they’re all Malaya-based parties (except for SNAP) they only seem to be interested in setting up their franchise here in Sarawak. Unfortunately, they seem to be having problems with the local franchisees. Maybe the franchisers are too strict (or too arrogant) to bend their rules to suit local conditions. But whatever the reason, they are royally screwing their chances.

Sorry for jumping the gun and campaigning before the start of the official campaigning period, but hey its my blog and I’ll campaign if I want to, campaign if I want to, you’d campaign too, if  it happened to you…(sung to ‘It’s My Party’ by Lesley Gore).

Besides, I came late to the party and other blogs have campaigned much earlier than rimauataskerusi. So there.