SPDP lost 2 seats in the 10th Sarawak state elections -and they blamed it on the Oppositions’ `new campaign culture’ and `personal attacks’ on their new candidate! Well all over Sarawak many people see their lose to have a lot to do with the voters’ rejection of the Chief Minister’s unaccountable wealth, land grabs (eg from the Sabah-Sarawak Gas Pipeline Project in Lawas), rejection of vote-buying etc. If these real issues are not addressed before the next elections more seats will be lost from the BN-and for good reasons as well!
Several factors cited for SPDP’s loss in two seats
by Conny Banji. Posted on June 16, 2011, Thursday
Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom
SIBU: Various factors contributed to the failure of Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) in defending Krian and Ba’Kelalan seats in the last state election.
According to SPDP president Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom, their preliminary findings showed that it was partly due to the new cultures and strategies employed by the opposition.
“The new cultures brought by the opposition had despised, ridiculed and distorted the facts, even throwing away our set view systems which I think are very fundamental.
It could destroy our cultural fabrics and put people against one another,” he said in a media conference after the SPDP Supreme Council meeting at a hotel here yesterday.
Another factor, he said involved the use of personal attacks and dirty tactics by the opposition. Like in Ba’Kelalan, he said the presence of the new candidate had caused the BN machinery to go haywire and confused the people at the same time.
Mawan who is also Pakan assemblyman however did not disclose the findings in detail.
He said the loss in Krian and Ba’Kelalan was not only the loss of SPDP but also the Barisan Nasional (BN).
“We fully subscribed to the BN’s principle that we struggled as a BN in a true BN spirit.
“We never take issue or look at anything as SPDP alone. BN interest must supersede the overall component party’s interest,” he said.
SPDP/BN lost both Krian and Ba’Kelalan to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in the April 16 election. It won six out of eight seats allocated.
Mawan said the post mortem results will be submitted to the state and federal BN headquarters in one to two weeks’ time, adding that they will meet personally with the Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The meeting held yesterday also discussed their preparation for the parliamentary election.