Sarawak BN scared to rock the boat

The first truth about the Sarawak State 11th General Elections has been revealed to the world. The Sarawak State Assembly is to be dissolved on April 11, 2016. The law stipulates that it could be dissolved in July 2016, and election to be held in September, but it is most appropriate, fair, and just that this is done in April 2016, as the current BN government obtained its mandate to administer the state exactly 5 years ago this month.

Our political system requires that the general elections are to be held every five years. It is rather irresponsible, unwise, and unethical for the government to continue on beyond April 2016.

The second truth about this election is that polling could be held as late as June 10, 2016.

The law allows the Election Commission (EC) to call for the election within 60 days after the dissolution of the state legislature. There is a possibility for this to happen. Anything that is done within the scope of of the law is legal, moral and ethical.

We cannot discount this. The oppositions should beware of this possibility, as Tan Sri Adenan Satem might want to engage them in a marathon campaign. The longer campaign period will give him extra opportunities to crack more jokes.  

In the meantime, the Prime Minister and his deputy will visit Sarawak more frequently, and the state will benefit from their visits as they normally don’t come here empty-handed.

This election is going to be the last Sarawak state election to be held before Malaysia becomes a developed country in 2020, and the 3rd last before it becomes a high income nation in 2030.

Is Sarawak ready? Sarawak is now one of the poorest four states in the nation. What can Team Adenan do to make Sarawak on equal footing with the other states? What can his team do about the low quality of life in the state?

The fourth truth about this election is that the BN is going to win again, and Adenan will have his own mandate to lead the state for the next five years. But does his team have enough steam, energy, strength, vitality, commitment, and dedication to carry on beyond 2016?

The fifth truth about this election is that the BN is confident that all the 43 candidates that it has  announced, including 30 from PBB, 11 PRS and 2 from Teras, will be able to carry their respective constituencies.

Why is the BN not naming all its 82 candidates at the same time? Is it still not certain of its capacity to win in the other 39 seats?  

With the naming of the two Teras candidates, does this mean that Teras is tentatively a BN party?

As politics is a game of compromise, bargaining, log-rolling, mutual back-scratching, does this mean that the areas that are held by the other Teras elected members will be given to SPDP?

By the same token, will SUPP get two constituencies which are currently held by the four UPP incumbents?

The sixth truth about this election is that the BN is not able and capable, and therefore may not be willing and having the political will to solve the problems between SUPP and UPP, and between SPDP and Teras.

The BN is also quite scared to rock the boat by asking its veterans to leave the centre stage and give way to credible, capable, responsible, clean, fair, just, and energetic new faces, especially to those whose reputations have not preceded them. Should not the BN walk the talk and pick only untainted personalities so as to give legitimacy and meaning to the integrity pledge that it demands its elected members to sign and uphold.

Kinship politics is increasingly evident and prominent in Sarawak. Only those inside the inner circle may fully know as to whether that this is done as a form of reward, compromise or as a way to say thank you. Or, is this done because it is deemed to be the correct course of action to be undertaken by the party?

Should the serious matter of governing the state be confined to and revolved around a few individuals or a few families?

There is also an evidence of comradeship politics in the state. Most of the incumbents – unless they have indicated otherwise – will be retained, and this includes those in Teras and UPP.

If Teras and UPP were to remain outside the BN by April 11, 2016, then their candidates will contest the election as the BN’s so-called ‘direct candidates’.

If this is the case, then the voters have the right to know what will happen to them after they have won. Where will they be parked?

The BN has its principles and standard operating procedures, but will it stick to them in times of trouble and need. –