PAS’ longhouse strategy

Posted on April 5, 2012


PAS members could soon be seen performing the traditional miring…that is, if there’s any truth to the party’s claim that it will field an Iban candidate in the 13th General Elections.

Is there anything wrong with a candidate, especially an Iban candidate from PAS, performing a miring, you may ask?

Of course not!

Regardless of whatever faith the potential PAS candidate professes.

Would the party members and leadership in PAS Malaya HQ mind that they have members in Sarawak, who are still embracing their culture and heritage by taking part in ceremonies such as the miring?

I sure as hell hope not! Because that would be so un1Malaysia of them, wouldn’t it?

But then again, we must not forget the main point here is that PAS wants to win badly in Sarawak.

Maybe their main agenda is to spread their Malaya brand of Politics of Religion here in our beloved State.

Maybe PAS doesn’t trust that its “partner” in their loose coalition Pakatan Rakyat, PKR, will deliver in any of the seats that it believes would benefit from PAS’ Politics of Religion.

Then again, if PAS wants to field an Iban candidate, PKR must be thinking: “Hang on a minute! If you’re going to do that, you might as well let us handle it because we have more Iban members than you do (supposedly)!”

For now, let’s just watch and see how this thing plays out because it could develop into something very interesting as we get closer to the big day.

For all Sarawakians, I wish you an enjoyable and relaxing public holiday tomorrow.

For those of the Christian faith, let us all remember the true meaning of this Holy Week, as we celebrate Good Friday and Easter Sunday.


How BERNAMA (via The Borneo Post) reported it:

Pas may field iban candidate for first time in sarawak for polls
April 3, 2012

MIRI: PAS may be making party history since its formation 62 years ago by fielding for the first time, an Iban candidate to contest a parliamentary seat in Sarawak.

Sarawak PAS commissioner Adam Ahid confirmed that the party had shorlisted potential candidates and one of them would be an Iban contesting the Bumiputera-majority Sibuti parliamentary seat, here.

It is understood that the likely candidate is a professional working in Kuala Lumpur.

“The party’s decision to field an Iban candidate is based on the voter trend in the state election last year. We saw that we got the support of Iban voters,” he told Bernama yesterday.

For example, he said, when PAS contested the Beting Maro state seat last year, a large number of Iban voters there voted for the Pas candidate.

He said by fielding an Iban candidate, it would show that the party was for all races and this would enable the party to make an inroad into Sarawak politics.

“For the coming general election, Sarawak PAS plans to contest six or seven parliamentary seats in the state,” he said.

In the last state election, PAS contested five seats, namely Tanjung Datu, Muara Tuang, Sadong Jaya, Sebuyau and Beting Maro but lost all to Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates.

In the 2008 general election, PAS created history when the party fielded an Indian candidate, Kumutha Raman, to contest the Ulu Tiram state seat in Johor.

Kumutha became the first non-Muslim woman to be fielded as candidate since the party was formed in 1951. — Bernama