Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Would Sarawak support Tun Mahathir?

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The politics in Malaysia is ever ready to create a spectacle when ever needed, and what bigger spectacle then the announcement that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will launch a new political vehicle that aims to remove BN from government.

This new outfit would bring together the fragmented opposition block of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) and prevent these parties from contesting against each other in the coming general election.

There is still hope that Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) would tag along but this is unlikely, as it is clear PAS has other plans that run contrary to what the likes of DAP want.

But what does this hold for Sarawak?

Here lies the paradox that Sarawakians have to contend with.

Though support for local leaders such as Tan Sri Adenan Satem is high, the same cannot be said about Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the politics of the federal government. A Tun Mahathir lead political block may be appealing to Sarawakians, if one were to compare personalities.

tun m kartunBN may have won big in Sarawak in the last state election but it was largely because people supported the largely popular Adenan Satem and not necessary because they liked the federal BN or Najib Razak.

Along with that, the Sarawak state elections as well as the Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar by-elections saw a fractured opposition block that was unable to work together.

Throwing a huge mandate behind Adenan Satem was the obvious choice since there were no viable alternatives presented by the opposition.

Tun Mahathir may change this view of the opposing block in Malaysian politics. There is now a clear alternative and it lies with Tun Mahathir though it is un-likely that Tun Mahathir will assume the premiership again. And winning over Sarawak will be the key to toppling the federal BN.

Would Adenan Satem block Tun Mahathir from entering Sarawak if the moment arises? Precedence states ‘Yes’ since almost all leaders from DAP, PKR and PAS were blocked from entering Sarawak in the last state elections. But such a move may be a un-popular move since Tun Mahathir still commands a fair share of respect among the rakyat.

Would Sarawak support Tun Mahathir?

This then is the question that begs an answer. The disgust at Najib Razak’s handling of government may sway support towards Tun Mahathir yet, loyalty to Adenan Satem may stop any mass exodus to Tun Mahathir’s camp. For the most part, Sarawak may play the ‘wait-and-see’ game.

A federal government that is willing to grant Sarawak all it wants is a government worth supporting regardless of who leads it.

Sarawak would support Tun Mahathir if his version of government promises Sarawak such liberties.

On the flip side, knowing that a Tun Mahathir friendly Sarawak is eminent, Najib Razak may consent more liberties towards Sarawak.

Would Sarawak support Tun Mahathir? Why not? Since in the end, whatever form of government grants us our birth-rights when we help form Malaysia. – Sarawakvoice.com

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