Adenan must work fast to avoid Abdullah Badawi fate

Adenan must work fast to avoid Abdullah Badawi fate

KUALA LUMPUR: Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem will have to work fast to fulfil his election promises if he is to avoid the same fate that befell former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, says a political analyst.

UKM’s Dr Suffian Mansor said this when responding to DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang, who earlier today wondered if Adenan will replicate Abdullah’s performance, drawing comparisons between Adenan’s victory and Abdullah’s 2004 general election triumph.

Lim pointed out that Abdullah had failed to fulfil his campaign promises and caused Barisan Nasional to lose its two-thirds majority following the polls.

Suffian said: “Adenan has been given a chance, just like Abdullah.

“How the people judge him will be seen in GE14 and the next state election.

“He will face challenges in fulfilling his election promises as there are limitations as to what the state government can do,” he said at a forum on the recently-concluded Sarawak state election at Universiti Malaya here today.

Suffian explained that some of the initiatives Adenan had promised to implement needed the approval of the Federal Government, as some matters fell under its jurisdiction.

Thus, he added, it was vital for Adenan to ensure the good relationship between the federal and state governments was maintained.

In the recently concluded state election, Adenan led BN to a sweeping victory, winning 72 out of 82 state seats.

Opposition must respect S’wakians in order to win polls

Opposition must respect S’wakians in order to win polls

PETALING JAYA: Tian Chua of PKR said today the Opposition failed to win the just concluded Sarawak state election because they neither respected nor understood the locals.

He also regretted that some Opposition supporters had stooped “so low as to call the locals stupid for not voting in the Opposition.”

He said the Opposition needed to respect the decision of the locals to vote for Barisan Nasional (BN) and strive to understand the complexity of the issues in Sarawak which were different from those in the peninsula.

“If they voted for BN, respect their wishes. If they had obtained monetary gains from BN, we should understand why they did that. We should not put them down for that,” he told FMT today.

The Sarawak election was held on May 7. BN won 72 seats and DAP, seven while PKR won in Krian, Ba’kelalan and Batu Lintang.

The PKR vice-president said the Sarawak war for votes was not about reaching out to voters via social media or ceramah held during the election period.

“Locals say if they vote for the Opposition, they will have to face the village heads and district officers. They say when they face intimidation for land acquisition and other matters, we are not there on behalf of them,” alleged Tian Chua.

“It is easier for Sarawakians to vote for the ruling party. They don’t mind any monetary gains and vote for BN because life is easier for them and their communities after the elections,” he added.

One of the ways to solve the issue was by appointing more local activists in Sarawak to fight local issues, said the Batu MP.

For instance, PKR did very well in one of the most remote areas in Sarawak, Ba’kelalan because the locals were aware their candidate Baru Bian, a lawyer, would be there for them.

He said PKR won Ba’kelalan despite BN’s promises to build churches and roads, which clearly showed that the locals wanted a candidate who would stand for their rights.

“Baru Bian is there for them. It gives them assurance. That is what they want.”

He said PKR would want to duplicate this example in the rest of Sarawak in their preparation for the next Sarawak state election.

He said they should not blame BN for having better facilities, such as helicopters to visit remote areas while the Opposition had to take boats or “literally crawl into very remote areas to meet voters. They need to know we will be there for them all the time and not only during the elections.”

Many Opposition grassroots from outside the state, who couldn’t fathom the loss, called Sarawakians “brainless voters” and “stupid sohai Sarawakians.”

Earlier today, Opposition leader Wan Azizah Wan Ismail gave her assurance that PKR would learn from its shortcomings in the Sarawak election to prepare for the next general election.

She said she had asked the leadership to identify weaknesses, to learn from their shortcomings and to take necessary steps to correct the party’s strategy and organisational capacity in time for the next big battle – GE14.

Adenan Satem not ill, says aide

Adenan Satem not ill, says aide

PETALING JAYA: Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem is not ill, his aide said today, dispelling such rumours.

Adenan’s press secretary Ambrose Cheng, in a statement, said the chief minister was his usual self when he showed up for work at Wisma Bapa in Kuching yesterday.

“The picture shows the CM alighting from his car and received by State Secretary Tan Sri Morshidi Abdul Ghani and others awaiting his arrival. Later, a simple thanksgiving ceremony was held at the CM’s office,” Cheng said.

The rumours of Adenan falling ill came about after a local politician was quoted saying in a Chinese daily that he would visit 72-year-old Adenan to check up on him, and not to discuss politics.

Adenan has had a punishing schedule the past month, due to the state election.

According to reports, he had to cancel public appearances at the end of the campaigning period after falling sick.

Adenan was once quoted telling reporters about falling very ill, to the extent that even his relatives called up to bid their last goodbyes. However, he recovered from the ordeal.

Sarawak voted for Adenan

Sarawak voted for Adenan

By Ibrahim Sani

 

Adenan Satem’s massive victory in the Sarawak state election points to a kind of political savvy that Putrajaya must be wary of.

First, he has managed to shift the balance of negotiation power from Putrajaya to Kuching. The signs that he was taking the upper hand were already there in the months leading to the election, but PBB-BN’s resounding victory on Saturday has perhaps permanently shifted the balance in favour of the Sarawakians. From now on, any negotiation between Putrajaya and Kuching will not be on equal terms. Putrajaya has lost political currency in Sarawak. The rural natives gave their votes to Adenan, not to Najib.

Second, Adenan has managed to woo the Chinese. It is remarkable for BN to capture five seats that were lost to DAP in the previous state election. The reason the previous state government lost the seats in the first place was that the Chinese saw the then chief minister, Taib Mahmud, as an abuser of power. Even though Taib is still very much in the game in Sarawak by virtue of his position as Governor, the public, particularly, the Chinese public, believe that Adenan is his own man and can govern the state without much interference from his predecessor.

Third, Adenan is extremely savvy in exercising his political strength, not least by barring West Malaysian opposition leaders from campaigning in the state. He also banned perceived racists from the other side of the political divide. Opposition leaders are kicking up a fuss on what they deem as an abuse of power, but the fact remains that Adenan was acting in accordance with Sarawak’s autonomous immigration rights.

A landslide BN victory in Sarawak must never be confused with a return of support for BN in Peninsular Malaysia. The vote in Sarawak is truly a vote for Adenan, not for BN.

The issues faced by the Sarawak people are localised ones, and the proposed solutions were presented in a localised fashion by a local son in the shape of Adenan. The voters felt that only Adenan and PBB could give true meaning to the fight for a better Sarawak. They do not bother about the trials and tribulations that West Malaysians are facing. They voted for Adenan because they wanted only the best for themselves.

Malaysians will soon move past the Sarawak election and the reality of the political instability on the peninsula will return to dominate political discourse. And Najib knows that it is back to square one in terms of trying to win back the confidence of voters on this side of the South China Sea. His first opportunity to carry out that task has presented itself in a macabre way. The helicopter tragedy in Sarawak has made by-elections in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar necessary.

Ibrahim Sani is an FMT columnist.

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Next, jostling to be in Adenan’s Cabinet

Next, jostling to be in Adenan’s Cabinet

KUCHING: Now that the dust is settling on the state elections, attention is switching to how Chief Minister Adenan Satem will put together his Cabinet from Barisan Nasional partners and their rivals fielded as direct candidates having also contributed to the BN’s landslide victory.

Sarawak United People’s Party and and Sarawak People’s Democratic Party are still at odds with their breakaway groups which provided most of the direct candidates. There is also the question of Chinese representation in the state government.

SUPP and SPDP are not talking to the direct candidates who resigned from their respective splinter groups, UPP and Teras, to stand in the election.

“This is Adenan’s biggest headache. It will not be easy but he has to fix this once and for all. The rival sides have to come to a compromise,” said political analyst Dr Jeniri Amir.

He said fielding direct candidates turned out to be “a good strategy” and it was quite an achievement that 11 of 13 won.

Another commentator said last night’s victory press conference seemed to show SUPP president Dr Sim Kui Hian with the advantage for the post of deputy chief minister.

“Adenan announced the seats won by SUPP, and you can see who was there,” said the commentator, who declined to be named, referring to Dr Sim and speculation that he would be made deputy chief minister.

SUPP were demolished by DAP in 2011 in Chinese areas but made a come-back, winning seven seats, five of them in Chinese-dominated Batu Kawah, Batu Kitang, Piasau, Repok and Meradong.

A Chinese community leader pointed out that other BN Chinese candidates were old hands in the state assembly. Wong Koh resigned from UPP and retained Bawang Assan for a sixth term, and SUPP vice-president Lee Kim Shin defended the Senadin mixed seat for a fifth term.

“Wong is a state senior minister and Lee is an assistant minister. Dr Sim has not been in the Cabinet before. This is his first term as a state assemblyman,” he added.

There has been no Chinese deputy chief minister since Dr George Chan, then SUPP president, was defeated by DAP rookie Alan Ling Sie Kong in Piasau in 2011.

This time, Piasau returned to SUPP when party secretary-general Sebastian Ting beat Ling with a bigger majority yesterday.

Adenan had said he wanted Chinese ministers in his government and the issue of a Chinese deputy chief minister was a matter to be considered later.

“He has to make sure he has the best team in his Cabinet taking into account all factors — ethnic, strong backgrounds in various disciplines and the experience to lead the transformation he has envisioned for Sarawak,” said Jeniri.

It’s a situation that calls for delicate handling, but whatever decision is reached, Sarawakians can be sure that it will be “Adenan’s way”.

– BERNAMA

Rise above narrow party interests, says Wan Azizah

Rise above narrow party interests, says Wan Azizah

PETALING JAYA: PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has urged political parties to overcome narrow party interests for the sake of national unity, and called for self-reflection within the party.

Wan Azizah said the Sarawak elections had been the most difficult so far. PKR retained three seats in the Sarawak state assembly but its other 37 candidates lost.

PKR and the DAP, which retained seven seats but lost five, had faced each other in six seats after the failure of negotiations on a united electoral front.

Wan Azizah, who is parliamentary opposition leader, urged opposition parties to remain steadfast in the fight for a free and fair general election.

She congratulated Chief Minister Adenan Satem on his victory and looked forward to his promises of reforms. Barisan Nasional secured 72 seats in the 82-seat state assembly.

Meanwhile Wan Azizah’s daugher, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, lamented the “strangulation of democracy” with massive open electoral misdeeds at the Sarawak elections.

“The continued gerrymandering through arbitrary redelineation exercise, the blatant use of government machinery, vote buying, on the spot allocations, promises of unfettered future spending, vanishing indelible ink and limited media access are symptomatic of the failings of democratic governance and an uneven level playing field,” Nurul Izzah said.

She echoed Wan Azizah’s call for electoral reforms, saying that Malaysia would continue its decline into autocracy and illegitimacy if no reforms are made.

“The skewed redelienation process will end up crushing more opposition held seats in other states throughout Malaysia.

She said Adenan has much to celebrate but his victory would have been more legitimate with a fair redelineation of seats and an electoral process which accorded fair treatment and coverage to all parties.

Rise above narrow party interests, says Wan Azizah

Rise above narrow party interests, says Wan Azizah

PETALING JAYA: PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has urged political parties to overcome narrow party interests for the sake of national unity, and called for self-reflection within the party.

Wan Azizah said the Sarawak elections had been the most difficult so far. PKR retained three seats in the Sarawak state assembly but its other 37 candidates lost.

PKR and the DAP, which retained seven seats but lost five, had faced each other in six seats after the failure of negotiations on a united electoral front.

Wan Azizah, who is parliamentary opposition leader, urged opposition parties to remain steadfast in the fight for a free and fair general election.

She congratulated Chief Minister Adenan Satem on his victory and looked forward to his promises of reforms. Barisan Nasional secured 72 seats in the 82-seat state assembly.

Meanwhile Wan Azizah’s daugher, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, lamented the “strangulation of democracy” with massive open electoral misdeeds at the Sarawak elections.

“The continued gerrymandering through arbitrary redelineation exercise, the blatant use of government machinery, vote buying, on the spot allocations, promises of unfettered future spending, vanishing indelible ink and limited media access are symptomatic of the failings of democratic governance and an uneven level playing field,” Nurul Izzah said.

She echoed Wan Azizah’s call for electoral reforms, saying that Malaysia would continue its decline into autocracy and illegitimacy if no reforms are made.

“The skewed redelienation process will end up crushing more opposition held seats in other states throughout Malaysia.

She said Adenan has much to celebrate but his victory would have been more legitimate with a fair redelineation of seats and an electoral process which accorded fair treatment and coverage to all parties.

Rise above narrow party interests, says Wan Azizah

Rise above narrow party interests, says Wan Azizah

PETALING JAYA: PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has urged political parties to overcome narrow party interests for the sake of national unity, and called for self-reflection within the party.

Wan Azizah said the Sarawak elections had been the most difficult so far. PKR retained three seats in the Sarawak state assembly but its other 37 candidates lost.

PKR and the DAP, which retained seven seats but lost five, had faced each other in six seats after the failure of negotiations on a united electoral front.

Wan Azizah, who is parliamentary opposition leader, urged opposition parties to remain steadfast in the fight for a free and fair general election.

She congratulated Chief Minister Adenan Satem on his victory and looked forward to his promises of reforms. Barisan Nasional secured 72 seats in the 82-seat state assembly.

Meanwhile Wan Azizah’s daugher, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, lamented the “strangulation of democracy” with massive open electoral misdeeds at the Sarawak elections.

“The continued gerrymandering through arbitrary redelineation exercise, the blatant use of government machinery, vote buying, on the spot allocations, promises of unfettered future spending, vanishing indelible ink and limited media access are symptomatic of the failings of democratic governance and an uneven level playing field,” Nurul Izzah said.

She echoed Wan Azizah’s call for electoral reforms, saying that Malaysia would continue its decline into autocracy and illegitimacy if no reforms are made.

“The skewed redelienation process will end up crushing more opposition held seats in other states throughout Malaysia.

She said Adenan has much to celebrate but his victory would have been more legitimate with a fair redelineation of seats and an electoral process which accorded fair treatment and coverage to all parties.

Rise above narrow party interests, says Wan Azizah

Rise above narrow party interests, says Wan Azizah

PETALING JAYA: PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has urged political parties to overcome narrow party interests for the sake of national unity, and called for self-reflection within the party.

Wan Azizah said the Sarawak elections had been the most difficult so far. PKR retained three seats in the Sarawak state assembly but its other 37 candidates lost.

PKR and the DAP, which retained seven seats but lost five, had faced each other in six seats after the failure of negotiations on a united electoral front.

Wan Azizah, who is parliamentary opposition leader, urged opposition parties to remain steadfast in the fight for a free and fair general election.

She congratulated Chief Minister Adenan Satem on his victory and looked forward to his promises of reforms. Barisan Nasional secured 72 seats in the 82-seat state assembly.

Meanwhile Wan Azizah’s daugher, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, lamented the “strangulation of democracy” with massive open electoral misdeeds at the Sarawak elections.

“The continued gerrymandering through arbitrary redelineation exercise, the blatant use of government machinery, vote buying, on the spot allocations, promises of unfettered future spending, vanishing indelible ink and limited media access are symptomatic of the failings of democratic governance and an uneven level playing field,” Nurul Izzah said.

She echoed Wan Azizah’s call for electoral reforms, saying that Malaysia would continue its decline into autocracy and illegitimacy if no reforms are made.

“The skewed redelienation process will end up crushing more opposition held seats in other states throughout Malaysia.

She said Adenan has much to celebrate but his victory would have been more legitimate with a fair redelineation of seats and an electoral process which accorded fair treatment and coverage to all parties.

Rise above narrow party interests, says Wan Azizah

Rise above narrow party interests, says Wan Azizah

PETALING JAYA: PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has urged political parties to overcome narrow party interests for the sake of national unity, and called for self-reflection within the party.

Wan Azizah said the Sarawak elections had been the most difficult so far. PKR retained three seats in the Sarawak state assembly but its other 37 candidates lost.

PKR and the DAP, which retained seven seats but lost five, had faced each other in six seats after the failure of negotiations on a united electoral front.

Wan Azizah, who is parliamentary opposition leader, urged opposition parties to remain steadfast in the fight for a free and fair general election.

She congratulated Chief Minister Adenan Satem on his victory and looked forward to his promises of reforms. Barisan Nasional secured 72 seats in the 82-seat state assembly.

Meanwhile Wan Azizah’s daugher, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, lamented the “strangulation of democracy” with massive open electoral misdeeds at the Sarawak elections.

“The continued gerrymandering through arbitrary redelineation exercise, the blatant use of government machinery, vote buying, on the spot allocations, promises of unfettered future spending, vanishing indelible ink and limited media access are symptomatic of the failings of democratic governance and an uneven level playing field,” Nurul Izzah said.

She echoed Wan Azizah’s call for electoral reforms, saying that Malaysia would continue its decline into autocracy and illegitimacy if no reforms are made.

“The skewed redelienation process will end up crushing more opposition held seats in other states throughout Malaysia.

She said Adenan has much to celebrate but his victory would have been more legitimate with a fair redelineation of seats and an electoral process which accorded fair treatment and coverage to all parties.