Three decisions that can influence Sarawak voters in the GE14

The GE14 is certainly going to be held this year, and the BN will be retained as the government at the federal level.

It has a comfortable 44 seats majority, and it would take a massive swing to the oppositions in rural constituencies to reverse this.

The strategy is for it to win big in Sarawak and also in Sabah.

Sarawak has been with the BN and its predecessor, the National Alliance, since day one of independence 53 years ago, and vice-versa.

The relationship between Sarawak and the BN is kind of a symbiotic one. Sarawakians trust that the BN can deliver on its promises for progress and development in the State, while the BN trusts that they can deliver the seats for it.

Sarawak’s contribution to the BN’s victory has greater significance in the last 2 general elections than in any of the previous ones. Without the support from Sarawak and also from Sabah, the BN now would only have 79 federal seats out of 222.

Lots of people in Sarawak are still the BN. They have learned to like the BN and ignore its imperfection, its flaws, the problems associated with it, and its broken promises.

In the past 2 months, the government has made 2 major policy decisions that will affect the majority of people in Sarawak. The first one, and as I have mentioned last week, is the decision of the Federal Court, the country’s apex court, to not accept the ‘pemakai menoa’ or the territorial domain and the ‘pulau galau’ or the forest reserve as having the force of the law for them to be recognized as NCR lands.

This means that the people do not have any rights, be it legal or in any other forms, to the ‘pemakai menoa’ or the ‘pulau galau’ any more.

The second major governmental decision that might affect how the people react in the polls is the amendment to Paragraph 13(1)(b) of Schedule 6 of the Income Act 1967.

The amendment to this Act was passed in the Lower House on November 23, 2016 and approved by the Senate on December 16 is about the tax to be levied on the income of religious bodies.

The confusion on how this new amendment is to be enforced and implemented might affect the behavior patterns of the voters in the GE14.

How will the peoples’ hearts inform them on how they are going to react and respond to this amendment?

Will they render unto Caesar what is his?

Will this affect their faith in the BN?

Have the people in the state lose the favour of the BN? Or, will this lead the BN to lose the favour of the people?

As the 2 decisions affect the people of Sarawak, does this mean that the BN is yet to understand the peoples’ culture and value.  

Sarawakians might ask whether this is how the peoples’ support is acknowledged.

Religious bodies do many charity works.

Charities are blind to the peoples’ colour, creed, ideology, philosophy, principle, norm, etc. Charities are impartial, apolitical, and only have one motive and that is to bring good to mankind.

The other major governmental decision that may influence voters’ behavior in the state is the so called Act 355, which is an amendment bill to extent the jurisdiction of the Syariah Courts.

Initially, this amendment bill was a private member’s bill of a member from PAS, but has now been taken in by the BN to be the government’s bill. – Sarawakvoice