Monday, December 5, 2022

Social survey to solve  political impasse  of the nine partyless Adun members?

Secara Rawak

The nine partyless Sarawak DUN members have been asked to go back to their constituents to seek their views on whether they should join PBB, the main government party in Sarawak.

Basically, the nine partyless DUN members have been requested to conduct social surveys among their constituents to get their approvals and supports for their applications to join PBB.

The constituents are consisted of three major groups: the BN supporters and voters; the opposition supporters and voters; and those voters that didn’t cast their votes, some 30% of them in nearly all the DUN constituencies in the state.

Which of these three groups will be surveyed?

The findings are going to pretty obvious if the survey is to be conducted among the BN supporters and voters only. But this might not be the case if all the views of the three groups are to be taken into consideration.

How are they going to gauge the opinions of their constituents? Will they use the Likert Scale and the questionnaire technique? Or will they simple use the dichotomous method with the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ answers. Or will they adopt the in-depth interview method?

The respondents must be selected accordingly; otherwise the findings cannot be regarded as representative and valid. If in-depth interviews are going to be employed, who and what types of people will be chosen as the informants?

The possibility that bias is going to happen is extremely high. How is this going to be minimised?

There is also a high possibility that special interest groups may try to influence the proceedings. How is this going to be prevented and halted?

The next question is on who is going to conduct the surveys. Are the nine partyless DUN members going to undertake the tasks themselves or are they going to engage consultants to do the job for them?

The views of the constituents can be divided into three basic categories: the positive one, the negative one, and the neutral one.

The positive results mean that the nine partyless DUN members have been given the permissions by their constituents to continue on with their ideas of wanting to join PBB.

But what will happen to them if the majority view of the constituents is either negative or neutral. Where will they go? Will the former UPP and Teras DUN members have to go back to their respective parties?

Teras, as we all know, has been dissolved, and as for the former UPP members, they had resigned from the party, which was one of the conditions required to be the direct candidates.

How about the three former PBB members who resigned from the party to contest as the direct candidates? Where can they go to?

Is there any benefits of conducting this survey?

First and foremost, PBB has said that it is not expanding beyond its present 40 seats. This means that, there is no possibility that the nine partyless DUN members will be accepted.

But the statement is contrary to what the Chief Minister has said when he promised the direct candidates that they could join any of the BN political parties after the election. They have done this and all of them have opted to join PBB.

Going back to the constituents to ask them about which political party to join is unprecedented?  We can say with confident that none of the other seventy-three Sarawak DUN members ever asked their constituents on which political party to join.

How many of the party founders – people like the late Dato Onn Bin Jaafar or Lee Kuan Yew – ever asked the people first through conducting surveys before they formed their respective political parties?

A political party is about an aggregation of interests. Someone aggregated the various interests that have been articulated to form a political party as Dato Onn Bin Jaafar did for all the Malay interests when he formed the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and as Tun Tan Siew Sin did when he aggregated the Chinese interests into one political umbrella with the formation of the Malayan Chinese Association (MCA).

The main aim of a political party is to contest in an election in order to be able to gain political power and to form the government.

The political party is for anyone who can identify with its objectives and associate with its struggles. One joins a political in order to be able to contest in an election and to be a part of the administration if the party wins.

Solving the plights of the nine partyless Sarawak DUN members is a big problem for the BN, and this problem can drag on and on unless a very brave and bold decision is made.-

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