pact out…politically

Posted on March 25, 2011


Tonight, on TV there were news stories about everything significant happening in the world. In Japan. In the Middle East. In Europe. All important stories.

So, naturally…I ended up watching American Idol.

In Sarawak, it’s already election season and if you hang around the people I hang around with, politics is a topic that never leaves the room. No matter what room you happen to be.

I just need to escape and what better way to escape reality than to watch…a reality (talent) show.

Unfortunately, I just had to check the latest tweets and fb postings and I was once again back to thinking about our political situation in Sarawak.

This time it’s about the opposition coalition of convenience known as Pakatan Rakyat or PR.

Online or offline, the headlines about them are all about grabbing the most seats for their respective parties.

As I pointed out in an earlier post this month, PKR apparently wants 52 seats; SNAP wants 40; DAP 20 (but has now reduced this to 18); and PAS wants 6.

Seems to me that the only CHANGE these guys are interested in is to CHANGE their status from mere Rakyat to Yang Berhormat.

As of now, I still can’t see what’s so good about this pact that they’re apparently in.

If this is what it’s come down to, the opposition might as well just go at it alone.

At least they can focus on their own game plan and not worry about their strange bedfellows.

Of course, I could be wrong and this could all be one elaborate sandiwara or shadow play. Only time will tell.

So, let BN beware and not be caught off guard this time.

If you’re in team BN, now may not be the most appropriate time to rub your hands in glee as you watch all these things happening in the enemy camp.

Concentrate on the goal in front of you and don’t let these power-hungry fools threaten the future prosperity of Sarawak and its people.

How online news portal Sarawak Update reported the Sandiwara:

DAP & PKR At Loggerhead

Kuching : Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) today negotiated and agreed to disagree in a typical Pakatan Rakyat (PR) sandiwara.

DAP was represented by its deputy chairperson Tan Kok Wai and Sarawak chairman Wong Ho Leng.

The PKR side was represented by deputy president Azmin Ali, vice-presidents Fuziah Salleh and Mansor Othman.

DAP Sarawak secretary, Chong Chieng Jen in a press conference revealed that both parties wanted Padungan, Balai Ringin, Piasau, Senadin and Batu Kawah.

He said DAP was only seeking to contest 18 – Padungan, Pending, Sentosa, Batu Lintang, Batu Kawa, Simanggang, Balai Ringin, Bukit Asset, Pelawan, Dudong, Bawang Assan, Repok, Meradong, Kidurong, Senadin, Piasau, Pujut and Bukit Kota.

Chong said they had agreed to let go of Senadin and Padungan but PKR wanted them to let go of Dudong, Balai Ringin and Batu Kawa.

“That leaves us with 13 seats out of 71. And that was just an additional seat more than the last State election,” he said.

Asked whether they would team up with Sarawak National Party (SNAP), Chong said they had to see how it goes but still they would be fighting for 18 seats.

He added that if there were 3-corner fights, the supporters should go for the stronger opposition party.

However, he hoped also there might be a chance of PKR seeing their point of view.