Hornbill Unleashed

March 3, 2014

Balingian by-election barometer to gauge PKR’s strength in next state election – Baru

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The Borneo Post

The Balingian by-election will be an interesting barometer to gauge  PKR strength in the next state general election.

State PKR chief Baru Bian said the Balingian by-election will determine whether there was support for the change in guard (of the state Barisan Nasional leaders) and secondly it can gauge the change in the support of the people for the present government, especially in the context of the rising cost of living.

“The increase in the price of goods will be the main issue and we will be taking the issue to the ground and it will be very interesting,” he told reporters at a press conference after the party’s state liaison committee’s final meeting here yesterday.

“We will talk about appointment of the new chief minister, the new head of state who had just come in and these will help us. We stood there in 2011 state election and we will see how much improvement we can get in this coming by-election,” he added.

Baru said they will be the underdog at the Balingian by-election and they are not demoralised by statements made by some quarters who said that BN will win and will have increasing majority this time around.

“It will be the toughest BN seat but we will not be demoralised by such statement as anything can happen in politics,” he said.

Baru said the strategy for PKR this time round will be to go down to the ground and tell the people of issues concerning corruption, nepotism and appointment of BN state leaders.

The manifesto of PR must be explained further but the challenge is to communicate and bring the message down to the people on the ground, he noted.

“So this by-election is the opportunity for PKR to bring it down to the grassroots and we hope that more and more will be convinced of what we are saying and support us.

“Times has changed…and any increment in the support reflects the reality on the ground and not the candidate alone,” he added.

Baru revealed that Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How, who is also PKR Sarawak vice-chairman, has been given the task to head the PKR state election committee  to narrow down the list of their potential candidate.

He will issue a directive soon to seek assistance from their party members and branches from Selangau, Sibu and Miri to come down to assist immediately in the activities in Balingian.

On the potential candidate, he said PKR had the list and that See  has been tasked to come back with a report.

See said that PKR will determine the factors on the ground before finalising the name of the candidate and they will go to the ground on March 5.

The Balingian by-election is to be held within the next 60 days upon the resignation of the fourth chief minister, Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud on Feb 28.

Taib who is now the head of state was the Balingian assemblyman.


  1. Many seats in Sarawak and even Peninsular were drawn to accommodate a certain ethnic group, Balingian is a good example. Logic says the representative there must be Melanau (of any faith). Thus for my friend Baru to put a non Melanau as candidate there is suicide.

    Comment by mahadir — March 5, 2014 @ 8:32 AM | Reply

  2. For PKR to use the new CM and the new TYT issue will backfire. Voters do not entertain that kind of one-sided opinion. Anyway, PKR can try but it’s already a foregone conclusion because the voters trust BN more. Talking about waste, better let BN win uncontested just the way PKR withdrew her election petition against BN for the recent Baram Parliamentary seat.

    Comment by Ayen Piyat Tawai — March 3, 2014 @ 10:07 PM | Reply

    • Why not just give it to DAP?

      Comment by looes74 — March 4, 2014 @ 2:58 PM | Reply

    • How would it actually backfire? Its now more like a world opinion then a one sided opinion about the new tyt.

      Comment by brian — March 5, 2014 @ 8:53 AM | Reply

  3. PKR and Pakatan must deal with two most important issues regarding an election or by election in Balingian or Mukah. BN will be aided by gangsters hired by sub contractors undertaking contracts for CMS group of companies or subsidiary companies. These gangsters shall be deployed in every longhouse and kampung and at Opposition ceramah to intimidate Opposition supporters or sympathisers from nomination days right up to polling day itself.

    PKR and Pakatan must have outsiders( non locals) as campaign officials, workers, polling agents and counting agents and these polling and counting agents must never leave the station or take a rest at all times despite being told by EC officials. They must not be afraid of intimidation by any pro BN supporters or gangsters. if PKR and Pakatan can recruit about 500 or more volunteers for the Balingian by election it will be a great fight. As for candidate, he should ideally be a professional and a Christian and should already be working on the ground by now.

    Comment by Mata Kuchng — March 3, 2014 @ 12:14 PM | Reply

    • There another racialist. Why need a Christian? Piss off with Christian this,Muslim that, Why not rationalist, a man with wisdom whether he is Penan, Belawan, homo Sapien, homo erectus or neandethal. This kind of fight cannot treated as a fight that used hooliganism or thuggery. The opposition need to use wisdom and psychology because opposition do not have the capacity to fight monetary briberies and more ever, opposition is not a mafia organisation. Opposition need the wisdom and style of DAP personality of Bintulu, Mr Chew.

      Comment by loyarburok — March 3, 2014 @ 12:39 PM | Reply

      • Hahahaha! In fact, they should put a DAP instead. Why every time must be PKR, didn’t PKR screw sarawak & sabah? How many seats PKR contested? 47. How many PKR won? 1+1+1

        Comment by looes74 — March 3, 2014 @ 4:01 PM | Reply

        • How many DAP won in Dayak Majority seat? DAP in Sarawak is SUPP in disguise!

          Comment by brian — March 5, 2014 @ 8:59 AM | Reply

      • With the Allah issue and the up and coming application for leave by the Catholic Herald over the Court of Appeal ruling, a Christian candidate by the Opposition is most ideal for the Balingian by election. Nothing racist but a wise political choice.

        Comment by Awaken Dayak — March 4, 2014 @ 5:29 PM | Reply

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