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September 14, 2010

Sarawak polls now seen after CNY 2011, but interest intensifies

Taib – unwilling to let go

Malaysia Chronicle

The Sarawak state election is now expected to be held after Chinese New Year in 2011 rather than November this year. But despite the shift in expectations, interest is intensifying because the results will shed light on when Prime Minister Najib Razak will call for the 13th national elections which could see Malaysia’s first change in federal government in five decades.

“It no longer matters now whether the Sarawak polls will happen this year or after Chinese New Year next year because either way it is very close – less than 12 months to go,” PKR Sarawak chief Batu Bian told Malaysia Chronicle.

“Taib may have to backpedal because he is so unpopular. But the longer he waits, the better it is for Pakatan Rakyat. It gives us more time to fine-tune our machinery and I think by now Taib also knows the stories about his corruption won’t go away. In fact, the revelations will only grow stronger rather than reduce.”

Sarawak Chinese to lead the push for change

Indeed, talk that Chief Minister Taib Mahmud was considering stepping down to strengthen the BN’s chances of shutting out rival coalition, Pakatan Rakyat, has already faded and exposed as a “sandiwara or show” to appease the federal government. Baru and other pundits had predicted this.

According to them, Kuala Lumpur considers Taib a political liability and want him to retire before holding Sarawak’s 10th state election. But the wily and powerful Taib fought back. In the past weeks, one Sarawak BN leader after another appealed to him to stay, and it culminated with his Parti Pesaka Bumipuera issuing its formal backing for him to continue leading the state.

Over the weekend, Taib, who is the president of PBB, the backbone of Sarawak BN, told reporters he has already identified 70 per cent of the candidates for the coming state election.

He also had a highly publicized talk with Dr George Chan, the chief of the Chinese-based SUPP, after which both men declared all “Chinese-related issues have been resolved”.

“I have helped the Chinese in a general way. Don’t tell me that the Chinese have not benefited from our general prosperity,” Taib said.

But the Chinese community in Sarawak is unlikely to be appeased by either men. Like their counterparts in the peninsula, only a select group of Chinese tycoons with links to Taib and his inner circle have benefitted.Read more here

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