Tuesday, December 06, 2011

PKR no pushover in Sarawak

Mohd Ariff Sabri Aziz | December 6, 2011

The April 16 Sarawak election proved that despite Umno maligning Anwar Ibrahim, PKR still made 'inroads into Dayak ground'.


There’s a view that PKR cannot win any parliamentary seats in Sarawak and that all embattled Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) seats will go to DAP.

Allow me to cite one observation passed to me by the Oracle of Syed Putera, who incidentally is the alter ego of former economic adviser Daim Zainuddin.

You can almost say that whatever the Oracle spews is what Daim thinks.

Recalling the April 16 Sarawak state election, the Oracle said the 100 percent victory by Taib Mahmud’s Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) wasn’t unexpected. PBB won all 35 seats it contested in the state election unlike Umno (in 2008 polls).

But the Oracle was more concerned about the victory by PKR in the Sarawak state election.

He said that Anwar Ibrahim (PKR de facto leader) with all the character assassinations carried out on a daily basis, had managed to assist Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian get three seats!

What do the wins represent?

Unless Umno people are sleeping or are busy shashaying in the lobby of Concorde Hotel and cockily holding fort in the coffee house, the wins tell us that the OPPOSITION CAN WIN.

PKR made inroads into Dayak grounds.

Then came the news about the sacking of one MP from the Sarawak Barisan Nasional coalition – Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party’s (SPDP) Dr Tiki Lafe from Mas Gading. SPDP has four parliamentary seats.

The sacking shows there is dissent within the SPDP and may result in election losses.

With the SUPP gone, PBB is banking on SPDP and PRS which has six seats.

Both SPDP and PRS have now 10 seats between them but a number of these will fall to PKR, predicts the Oracle.

The Oracle adds that the opposition has already 16 seats in the bag from Sarawak. And that’s just a precursor of worse things to come.

The writer is a former Umno state assemblyman and a FMT columnist.

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