When Anwar Ibrahim declared to foreign journalists recently that the opposition Pakatan Rakyat will win the 13th general election by 10 seats, was he alluding to Sarawak?
It’s a question that seems to have found an answer in Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian’s clarion call to Sarawakians last night.
Facing a 3,000-strong crowd who turned up at BDC Stampin last night, Bian said: “We must win at least 10 seats, and that is the mandate given to us in Sarawak.
“Can we do it? I am sure we can. You are matured voters.
“I know we can win in Kuching, Sibu, Miri and Bintulu. We also want to win in Hulu Rajang, Selangau, Kanowit, Baram, Limbang and Lubok Antu.
“We have big hopes in these rural constituencies.”
Also present at the ceramah organised by DAP was Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
Bian credited the slow change taking place in the minds of rural folk to Radio Free Sarawak.
“In these rural constituencies, we have big hopes as our people have started to change…after listening to RFS which has been helping Pakatan Rakyat to spread the ‘ubah’ message,” he said.
He cited the example of a Tuai Rumah (longhouse chief) in Hulu Rajang who was given a radio set to enable him to hear messages from RFS.
“He retaliated and threw the radio to the ground and it broke into pieces.
“But one month later the same Tuai Rumah asked for another set of radio. The man changed his mind after he heard the messages of change broadcasted by RFS.
“If you have any means of sponsoring the rural people, I hope you can buy a few sets and give them to your parents, uncles, aunties and relatives so that this message of change can reach every nook and corner of Sarawak.
“This is our biggest hope to counter the politics of fear. They are being threatened by BN politicians, but they are rising up. They now realise that the BN is practising a politics of lies and threats,” he said.