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There had been 16 by-elections after mar 2008, involving 10 state assembly seats and 6 Parliament seats. Many seems to suggest some measure of fatigue as reflected by the loss of interests in the last 3 by-elections ahead of the Sarawak state elections. However the days to worry about by-elections are soon over-the last state to reach the date will be Penang-which is in July. There is no need for by-election after 3 years that a state assembly/parliament first sat.

Tiada PRK di empat negeri

May 1, 2011

Ekoran penggal Dewan Undangan Negeri di empat negeri genap tiga tahun.

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Sarawak Pakatan forms shadow cabinet
May 1, 11 5:18pm
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Effective today, the Sarawak Pakatan Rakyat (PR) has formed a ‘shadow cabinet’ to monitor the performance of state ministers and assistant ministers.

State Opposition leader Wong Ho Leng said the ‘shadow cabinet’ also comprised additional portfolios such as good governance, Native Customery Rights (NCR) affairs, women’s affairs, national unity and consumer affairs.

He said the 16-member shadow cabinet comprised 15 Opposition assemblypersons and one PAS member (Adam Ahid) who was not an assemblyman.

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`Fun’ candidates has been used as a bogey to raise candidate’s deposit in elections-but where is the `fun’ candidate in Sarawak’s state elections? Right to vote include also right to be voted. Everyone should have equal right to be a candidate in a democracy, while opinions and platforms may differ. May the most popular candidate win-not the candidate with the biggest pocket!

Masing wants govt to raise election deposit

by Wilfred Pilo. Posted on April 30, 2011, Saturday

KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Dato Sri Dr James Jemut Masing has called on the government to raise the deposit required for candidates to stand in elections.

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An on-line media think that the last Sarawak state election costed Rm0.5bil-must be another record for a state election! It is questionable if the money was spent by the party BN at all -since most of the allocations given and promised were made in the name of the state or federal government agencies. But the campaigning expenses would still be hefty. Has it come to a time when drying tap delay a general election? With escalating cost of elections becoming a given in Malaysia and elsewhere there should be more strict scrutiny on where the campaign Ringgits went to!

Snap polls likely delayed as Umno hunts for war chest

By Jahabar Sadiq
Editor
May 01, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, May 1 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak is likely to delay calling snap polls until end of this year or early 2012 as his party hunts for funds to finance a campaign to court Bumiputera and Indian voters and secure a two-thirds parliamentary majority.

The Malaysian Insider understands that Umno’s coffers are depleted after the Barisan Nasional (BN) spent some RM500 million for the April 16 Sarawak election. It is learnt that tycoon Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary is among the very few to contribute, partly explaining his conglomerate scooping lucrative deals this past year.

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