Hornbill Unleashed

October 11, 2010

Pakatan Rakyat battle-ready for Sarawak polls

By Chris Reubens

PKR state leader Baru Bian and DAP state secretary Chong Chieng Jen say they are ready for any snap poll.

And Baru Bian is even optimistic enough that Pakatan Raykat could take over the state government, although indications now are that it is a very slim chance.

“In an election, anything can happen,” he told reporters.

Baru Bian is confident that the Pakatan will be able to face any election called, as negotiations on seat allocation are almost complete among the Pakatan Raykat coalition, which consists of PKR, DAP, SNAP and PAS.

“I am the least worried about the allocation of seats as we are in the final stage of completing it, 90% done. However, the PKR will be getting the most number of seats, at around 40.

“The fact is that we are more of a multi-racial based and contested in majority Malay, Dayak and Chinese seats. DAP will contest in over 20 seats followed by either SNAP or PAS who will contest in other seats,” he said.

Baru Bian is leading a team comprising Deputy State Chairman Wan Zainal Abidin Wan Sanusi, Chief of the Election Bureau, Baharuddin Datuk Mokhsen, and Vice-Chairman Jimmy Donald while the DAP team is headed by Chairman Wong Ho Leng, Deputy Chairman Chiew Chin Sing and Vice Chairman Chong Siew Chiang.

Baru Bian affirmed that the coalition negotiation teams enjoyed a comfortable and cordial relationship and should there be any snap poll, he believes the spirit of ‘give and take’ will allow everyone to contest on a one-to-one basis to give them a better chance of winning the election. He said all seat allocations would be finalised by end of this month.

In the last state election, PKR fielded 25 seats, DAP 12, SNAP 29, and PAS 1 for a total of 71 seats.

DAP won six seats in Sentosa, Pending, Batu Lintang, Kidurong, Bukit Asset and Meradong. PKR won one seat in Padungan and SNAP, one in Engkilili. Ngemah was won by an Independent candidate.

During the 2008 election, the PKR and DAP talks collapsed and its leaders fought each other in Sarikei, Sibu and Stampin handing Barisan Nasional the seats on a silver platter.

PKR representative for Padungan Dominique Ng was alleged to be the man behind the squabbles and he is currently entangled in a legal battle with DAP’s Siew Chiang.

Chieng Jen, who was not involved in the horse trading, said he did not want to go into  the issue. He said he is not even sure where he would be standing in the coming election. “But I can safely said we are ready for the election.”

“All the DAP YBs will not know where or who is the candidate in the coming election. We have to abide by the decision of the state committee and the central executive Committee,” he said.

Chong, who is also the Sentosa state assemblyman, said this was one of the reasons why DAP leaders were given the task of helping those in need in all constituencies and not stick to their own area.

“You can find us assisting people in areas which were never contested by us and we do not choose to help by race. Be it the Malays, Dayaks or Chinese, those in need who come to us for assistance, we render it to them in our best capacity,” he said.

Chong said it has always been their stand to help out and despite being a more Chinese-based party, he said they are moving towards a multi-racial make-up with branches set up in rural Dayak areas like those in Serian and Sri Aman.

He cautioned that members of the coalition should remain united and organised in their stand in order to stand a higher chance of wresting more seats from Barisan Nasional in the coming election. – Malaysian Mirror



  1. I dont have direct hotline to Jesus but clearly Jesus already lend some help in tickling a bit that Kapit river. Yes even Jesus joined us to fight BN! For now Pakatan must duly accept Jesus as divine Pakatan election director. And what is that evil taib spirit for Jesus to ward off from Sarawak? Joke magic for Jesus lah! Expect more tricks from Jesus which is beyond compare to all that SPR’s sleazy tricks so far. Welcome to Sarawak, Jesus! Alleluia!

    Comment by Lido Sport Pinoy — October 12, 2010 @ 1:11 PM | Reply

  2. relax..the govt servants (state)sentiment now is very keen to change the govt ..just wait n see we do our part.

    Comment by leo panetta — October 11, 2010 @ 9:30 PM | Reply

  3. The best way for Pakatan Sarawak is to let DAP,SNAP contest the targeted seats.

    For PKR here’s the deal:

    1. Just target one seat – Taib DUN seat wherever he choose to be next ie.Balingian. Pool all resources to campaign all over Balingian areas.

    2. Invite and allow as many independents/calon bebas to contest too. The more the better like 10-15 calon bebas. Split until Taib cannot reach target voters.

    3. Each calon bebas only concentrate on one particular area in Balingian. If 10 calon bebas then 10 Balingian areas are concentrated each. That is 1/10 votes split for Taib already.

    To kill a snake just chopped its head. Dont fight whole body.

    I tell you Pakatan Sarawak, this is how to kill off Taib. Don’t surprise there are more big towkeys out there willing to put as many calon bebas just for fun.

    Sarawak BN without Taib is 90 percent dead. The rest is natural death.

    Sarawak is long gone case like circus. Just chop the snake head’s off lah.

    Comment by Lido Sport Pinoy — October 11, 2010 @ 12:45 PM | Reply

  4. Do Your Best And God Will Take Care Of The Rest. Be committed to the Peoples’ Declaration. Select the most suitable and qualified candidates. Fight like we are fighting for Independence.

    Hidup Ketuanan Rakyat !

    Comment by Mata Kuching — October 11, 2010 @ 11:09 AM | Reply

  5. “You can find us assisting people in areas which were never contested by us and we do not choose to help by race. Be it the Malays, Dayaks or Chinese, those in need who come to us for assistance, we render it to them in our best capacity”

    That’s a very positive statement. In any case, it is healthy for every PR component to reach out to everyone.

    Comment by Wayang Street — October 11, 2010 @ 12:24 AM | Reply

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