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Archive for November 7th, 2010

If  it is not confirmed already the calls by some quarters to dump East Malaysia for Pakatan Rakyat campaign strategy post-Batu Sapi defeat make it unavoidable for various parties to confront the issues if there isn’t already a Penisular centric bias in the PR’s political strategy? What would East Malaysians think of such a `strategy’ if it were true? What could be their possible response to it?

Firstly let’s look at the reasoning for such a `dump the east strategy': it has been raised that East Malaysian constituencies are by majority rural based-as a urban-led reform moment PR will not do well in the East, except in the few urban seats. On the face of it the claim do sounds true-Sarawak only has less than 1/3 urban/town seats in the legislatures. But it is to be reminded that there are a lot of rural seats which the PR is contesting in Penisular. Then the argument may become: in Penisular there is a PAS which take care of rural seats. There is no equivalent in East Malaysia. This argument is not entirely absolute since political changes often occur at marginal areas-which tend to be at a certain point between the urban-rural divides. This apply both to Penisular as well as in East Malaysia. An effective `dump the East’ strategy may mean sacrificing those in the East Malaysian PR candidates/parties so that they will be left to fend for themselves-which seems to be unfair compared to the support given to candidates in similar rural/urban fault-lines in Penisular. On a wider perspective it is a test of the rural policies of PR-they simply can’t run away from this challenge, even though in practice there are the money politics and`development politics’ that need addressing too.

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Despite heavy rain the 2nd day of blockade at Lawas carried on with much enthusiasm

The video for the 2nd day of the blockade at Lawas against the controversial Sabah Sarawak gas Pipelines Project is uploaded to You Tube here. Enjoy. Comments welcome!

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Depriving the interior natives of their NCR lands may prove to be the last straw for these communities who have been BN's `fixed deposit'

See here for video.

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Pakatan Rakyat Sarawak Press Statement

Saturday, 6th November, 2010

Many voter registrations forms submitted to the Election Commission in Sarawak has yet to be approved after 4 months – the official period required for registering a voter. The forms recorded to have been submitted range from December last year to June this year, mainly registrations from interior areas of Sarawak where voter registration rates are very low compared to the average 33.6% of Sarawak or 28% nationally. In many cases the rates of voter registration go below 50%, casting grave doubt on the adequacy of representation of any poll held in these constituencies.

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