Patronage politics and campaign propaganda lose their hold on urban voters in Sibu, reports Ngu Ik Tien.
Whichever way you look at it, the political outlook does not appear rosy for Taib and the other component BN party leaders who are so dependent on his patronage, writes Abang Benet.
Sarawak is not a poor state and it has an income that is similar to Selangor’s. But a short distance away from towns lie settlements where people do not have electricity and piped water and use pit-latrines. Where has all the money gone, wonders SD.
Ngu Ik Tien interviews a couple of Sarawakians on the implications of the Pakatan’s upset victory over the BN in the Sibu by-election on 16 May 2010.
The Election Commission and MACC should take action against Najib Razak for his blatant attempt at vote-buying on the Sibu by-election eve. The position is compounded by the seriousness of the offence committed by no country bumpkin, but a prime minister, observes Karpal Singh.
Elections are important but they should be seen in the context of a much larger struggle for reforms and change played out over decades, says Anil Netto.
The Sibu ‘buy’-election result shows that money doesn’t buy everything in life. And, political arrogance has its price too, writes Mustafa K Anuar.
P Ramakrishnan gazes into his crystal ball and predicts what kind of tactics the BN will use in the last couple of days of the Sibu by-election campaign.
It is difficult to predict how Sibu residents are going to vote. But after a slew of small talks targeted at Christians and females, Ngu Ik Tien detects a slight shift towards the Pakatan. But will Najib’s Santa visit cancel out those gains?
In their campaign speeches in Sibu, Pakatan’s “national leaders” mentioned too little about issues that had an immediate and obvious effect on the local people, notes Ngu Ik Tien. Corruption in Sarawak and problems like flooding and land titles, which are the current concerns of Sibu voters, were touched on superficially.