Monday, November 28, 2022

Sarawak Election results and what they mean

Secara Rawak

The Chief Minister had asked the people of Sarawak to give him his own mandate, and they did when the BN won 72 of the 82 seats contested in the 11th Sarawak State Election.

And even sweeter for him is when the Chinese community gives him 5 additional seats to the 2 that they gave the BN in 2011.

To top it up, his constituents in Tanjong Datu (N. 3) also provide him a solid base to lead Sarawak when they give him 6,360 votes out of the 6,936 votes cast.  

Stunning victory

The BN wins big in all the Malay/Melanau areas, and in most of the Iban, the Bidayuh and Orang Ulu areas.

In the Iban areas, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas with his much organised campaign manages to increase the majority for the BN by 1,825 votes from to 2,774 in 2011 to 4,509 in 2016. A target of 5,000 votes in an estimated 70% turnout from 8,897 voters is able to be achieved. This is a very strong mandate given by the voters in Bukit Saban (N. 37) to Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah, not only to provide the leadership to the people in the constituency, but also to bring the constituency to move forward and to achieve an even greater height.

The biggest movement in terms of the majority votes obtained, not only in the Iban constituencies, but in all the BN constituencies, is achieved by Datuk John Sikie Tayai (N. 60 Kakus) when he secures a majority of 5,21l votes. This is a tremendous feat considering that he only managed to get a majority of 602 votes in 2011.

A lot of people were questioning why he was nominated again to defend the BN seat in Kakus. His resounding victory certainly justifies Tan Sri Adenan’s judgement in choosing him to defend his seat.

Datuk Mong Dagang (N. 31 Bukit Bangunan) also manages to increase his majority by a big margin.

Unexpected big win

But an unexpected big win by the BN is achieved in Machan (N. 50) when Allen Siden Gramong manages to improve his father’s majority from 1,629 to 2,952. This is quite an achievement. Allen is expected to win, but not with this kind of majority because of his young age, and the issue of nepotism associated with his nomination.

But the BN is not capable of replicating its performance in Layar (N. 36) and in Marudi (N. 76) when the opposition manages to reduce its majority respectively from 1,916 in 2011 to 1,428 in 2016, and from 3,202 to 1,387.

In the Orang Ulu areas, the BN wins 5 of the 6 seats it contested. Two of the BN’s 3 Orang Ulu incumbents (Paulus Gumbang and Liwan Lagang) performed better than they did in 2011, but Dennis Ngau (N. 77 Telang Usan) needs to deliver in the next five years if he is going to be re-nominated or to increase his majority from 167 he currently enjoys.

Within the Bidayuh community, 4 incumbents manage to better their majority, with Datuk Roland Sagah (N. 20 Tarat) securing the biggest increase from 1,995 votes majority to 5,421 votes majority.

Dato Sri Michael Manyin (N. 21 Tebedu) also obtains a much bigger proportion of the votes from his constituents when he improves his majority from 4,066 in 2011 to 6,193.

Majority slightly reduced

However, in Mambong (N. 17 and previously known as Bengoh), even though he still obtains a comfortable support from the people, Datuk Dr. Jerip Susil’s majority is slightly reduced from 3,646 he secured in 3,333.

In Tasik Biru (N. 2), the BN’s majority decreases by 784 votes from 2,072 in 2011 to 1,288 in 2016.  

There is also a sign that Chinese community is supporting the BN again when its 4 candidates manage to re-conquer the 5 seats it lost to the DAP in 2011, while at the same time able to retain its 2 seats with a much bigger majority in Bawang Assan (N. 53) and Senadin (N.75). In Senadin, Datuk Lee Kim Shin increases his majority from 58 in 2011 to 3,538, while Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh’s majority this time around increases to 4,131 from 1,808.

Another sign that the Chinese community is returning to the BN is indicated by the lower majority in all the 7 Chinese constituencies retained by the oppositions.

So, what does this all mean?

Does this mean that the people of Sarawak are listening to Tan Sri Adenan’s messages?

Does this mean that the oppositions in Sarawak are beginning to become disintegrated and irrelevant?

Does this mean that the political unity in Sarawak is something that the people from Semenanjung Malaysia should never try to dismantle and take for granted?

Does this mean that the racial harmony in Sarawak is intact and cannot be shaken by the extremist behaviours and thoughts of certain groups of people?

Does this mean that the people of Sarawak do not agree with the aggressive methods of soliciting and canvassing for votes as espoused by some political organisations?

Does this mean that the people of Sarawak will be with the BN and Tan Sri Adenan in the 2018 parliamentary election?

A strong mandate

The people of Sarawak have given Adenan and the BN a strong mandate. The onus now is on him and his party to deliver, to perform, to produce, to lead by example, to keep the promises and pledges made, to be transparent and honest, to be accountable to what they do and about all the courses of actions undertaken, to be clean, to be responsible, and to be efficient and effective and economical in public services delivery. –

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