Since CM Taib said he has got the `inspiration’ for going for the state poll the media has been featuring election attacks on the Opposition and claims that vital state issues have been `solved’. There is no doubt that such media frenzy cannot go on forever lest the public may consider the exerciseas that of a boy who keep crying `wolf while none is in sight’. If the election is around the corner-most likely to be after the X-mas, the preparations for the elections seems to be a bit slow in picking up. But pick-up they must. Current state of play: BN is quietly announcing projects (reviving agriculture stations) and allocations (more fund for perimeter surveys) while party members meet to form campaign machinery in the quiet. PKR will kick start a state wide road show from their meeting in Bintulu last weekend. And DAP is tackling its traditional rival SUPP, who is making claims of support whether they have it or not…the show down is coming soonest. Don’t be caught without being ready for it. The country’s future in democracy depends on whether the state return a more balance state assembly than before!
Up till now there are only effectively 7 Opposition members in the state assembly of 71. Actually 2 others became YBs on Opposition platforms ie Gabriel Aidit of Nghemah and Dr Rayong of Engkilili. But these 2 gentlemen shows their true colours to be BN friendly soon after the poll win, reflecting a persistent problems of candidates here. So for the moment-it is 7 Vs 64 in Sarawak state assembly, just over 10% for the smaller coalition-far from a more balanced picture as found in more functioning democracy.
December 12, 2010
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Youth chief Fadillah Yusuf has told the four BN component parties in Sarawak to buck up as the state prepares for an election in the coming months.
The need for the BN to not rest on its laurels so as to win the next state and general election is a wake-up call for Sarawak BN, said Fadillah, who is deputy minister of science, technology and innovation.
He said there was a clear directive by not only Prime Minister Najib Razak but also Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud to start working and not take things easy.
“At the end of the day, voters will judge us based on our service to the people. So, if you are complacent and takes things for granted, I won’t be surprised if BN candidates are defeated at the next polls,” Fadillah told reporters at the Sarawak Federal Secretary Innovation and Creativity Awards 2010 presentation in Kuching last night.
On Thursday, PBB information chief Adenan Satem said BN candidates could no longer afford to rest on their laurels because the people’s mindset had changed tremendously with the easy access to information.
Adenan, who is special advisor in the Chief Minister’s Department, had said that the people no longer voted along party lines and were also not as appreciative as before when given government assistance because they believed that it was the government’s job to look after them.
In listening to the grouses of the people, Fadillah said, PBB Youth was already on the ground not only to do charitable or political work but also cover the social aspects of providing services to them.
He said the ongoing field programmes were being conducted at the branch level in all the 71 state constituencies, in keeping with the instruction from the party leadership.
A BN Youth seminar was also held recently, which was attended by all the BN component parties, comprising PBB, the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), he said.
He said the PBB Youth media unit was also launching a cyber war campaign to disseminate information on issues affecting Sarawak.
In this way, issues could be effectively explained without having to resort to personal attacks, he said.