Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Merely a power play

Secara Rawak

And like clockwork, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera (PBB) would balloon their respresentation in the August House. Was it ever a surprise that such a move would happen? The addition of the party-less nine to PBB would up their seat tally to 48.

Among the nine are three former PBB members who resigned from the party before the May 7 polls to contest as direct BN candidates. They are Dato Gerawat Gala (Mulu), Miro Simuh (Serembu) and John Ilus (Bukit Semuja).

Three other direct candidates are former Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) members, namely Tan Sri William Mawan (Pakan), Rosey Yunus (Bekenu) and Paulus Palu Gumbang (Batu Danau).

The rest are former United People’s Party (UPP) members, namely Datuk Dr Jerip Susil (Mambong), Ranum Mina (Opar) and Dr Johnical Rayong Ngipa (Engkilili).

The turn of events is very indicative of what politics is like in Sarawak. Far from being the rakyat-centric.

Firstly, Sarawak politics is all about what the said politician stands to gain, and most of the time at the expense of the rakyat.

In any of the rhetoric on the seat debacle, had there been any mention on what the rakyat stood to gain? Instead, we are treated to political parties trading barbs over who owns what, as if constituents were cattle; held up to auction.

Secondly, it is only about making up shoring up big numbers. It seems the bigger the number, therefore the better the political party is. But this is not so.

In all the rhetoric, little is mentioned on what the party stood for, their principals or their idology. Politics in Sarawak is too interested in numbers. Which party has the most seats allocated or less seems to be the measure to how powerful and successful that party will be. The quality of the assemblymen within is conveniently left at the door.

Thirdly, with all the bickering over the seat allocation; BN is all about patronage. All panders to the wishes of the current president of PBB who is also chief minister. For in Sarawak and in Malaysia; patronage gets you position and power and wealth. Dare anyone challenge PBB even if they go wrong? Where is the check and balance in local government?

If track records are something to go by, look to the likes of PBB counterpart UMNO; who rule the house of parliament. Even robbers of public coffers can gain titles and gain ministerial positions and get away with being purely arrogant.  

William Mawan is dead confident that their application to join PBB would be entertained and that it is at the formality stage at the moment. This coming after Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem suggested over the week end that the nine party-less assembly men should go back to their consituents, gather their views and make their final decision.

And though the method on how such views will be collected, it is safe to say that all nine will be accepted into the PBB fold, only to puff up the number of seats held by PBB. It seriously begs the questions as to the relevance of any other party within the Sarawak BN fold.

What relevance do they have when all the calls are made by the gorilla in the herd? Everyone will play coy to the whims and fancies of the biggest player and this is really sad, since politics; then, is merely a power play and nothing about the people who are merely needed for casting votes. –

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