Final appeal for a one-to-one electoral contest between Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional in Sarawak general elections as the Sarawak polls on May 7 is a battle for Malaysia


Monday is the nomination day for the 11th Sarawak state general election.

I want to make final appeal for a one-to-one electoral contest between Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional in Sarawak general elections as the Sarawak polls on May 7 is not just a battle for Sarawak, but a battle for Malaysia.

DAP and PKR leaders have actually reached an electoral understanding for a one-to-one contest in the Sarawak state general election with Barisan Nasional, which had involved difficult give-and-take, and it is most unfortunate if this electoral understanding reached by DAP and PKR leaders are broken resulting in a multi-cornered electoral contest involving the BN on the one part, and the DAP and PKR on the other.

I hope that in the interests of the political future, not only of Sarawak but of Malaysia, Pakatan Harapan parties can face the challenges of the 11th Sarawak state general elections as one team.

DAP leaders are prepared to campaign for PKR in state constituencies contested by PKR candidates, and PKR leaders are welcome to campaign in areas contested by DAP candidates so that se can send out a message, loud and clear, of Pakatan Harapan’s solidarity, cohesion and commitment to bring about political change not only in Sarawak but also in Malaysia.

I was in Bario in the Mulu state assembly constituency with the DAP candidate, Paul Raja, and have just returned to Miri and I have no yet caught up with the latest political developments.

Bario has been described as an “Erehwon”, or a place outside this world in terms of its natural beauty and characteristics. But despite these special qualities, there are many areas of improvement in Bario which can be aimed at, especially as Bario is land of the high-achievers of the Kelabit community.

One of these is to make Bario the “Davos of Malaysia”!

When outsiders think of Switzerland, they think of three places – Berne, the capital; Zurich the financial centre and Davos the tourist centre in the countryside, where every year, at the end of January, the leaders of the world, whether political, economic or in other fields of human endeavour, congregate to brainstorm about problems of the times and the future of humanity.

Why can’t Bario be developed as the “Davos of Malaysia”, where Asian leaders congregate every year to give fame to Bario?

This is not something which can be achieved overnight. It may take more than 10, even 20 or 30 years, but it should be a worthwhile target for the people in Bario and Mulu, even Sarawak, to achieve.

However, if the lofty goal of transforming Bario into the “Davos of Malaysia” is to be achieved, many preconditions must be fulfilled, whether about NCR land, infrastructure of roads and access or the development of world-class tourist and conference facilities.

On the way flying into Bario from Miri yesterday, I saw the Twin Rocks or Batu Lawi for the first time. It was an unique and awesome sight, which should be marketted all over the world as among the sights and scenes to represent Malaysia.

The Sarawak elections is therefore a battle for Malaysia, to bring to the forefront the rights and concerns of Sarawakians which should also be the common agenda of all Malaysians.

(Speech at the pre-election ceramah at Senadin, Miri on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 2 pm)

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  1. #1 by TLoChin on Saturday, 23 April 2016 - 9:36 pm

    Pakatan Harapan leaders must put the nation’s interest first over their personal interest. It is a battle royale for Malaysia. If such commitment cannot be shown in Sarawak, forget Pakatan Harapan.

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 24 April 2016 - 9:48 am

    Why PKR Sarawak and DAP Selangor CANNOT get along is beyond me. DAP ambitions of multi-racial may overlap PKR which is more communal but DAP CANNOT penetrate hard core communal areas which PKR supposedly their ideology. The fight between DAP and PKR is actually a manifestation that PKR communal ideology is more spin than actual practical.politics. it’s defensive politics rather than offensive against UMMO/BN. Hence when they fail offensively they pick a fight with those who are suppose to be their friends and allies.

    PKR Sarawak should merge with DAP Sarawak. That is the real answer to the problem. One if the post of head or deputy of the merge entity must be promised to a Dayak. It will ensure that long term wise the Dayaks will rule Sarawak while having the Chinese as their trusted allies.

  3. #3 by worldpress on Sunday, 24 April 2016 - 3:50 pm

    Is there any ‘bumiputra’ word wrote in Federal Constitution, if it is not, is it legal to practice in federal level?

  4. #4 by worldpress on Sunday, 24 April 2016 - 3:51 pm

    Is it Sarawak bumi* is second class in the name?
    Climate change are about destroying this planet!
    Malaysia is still struggle in a pit with race issue till the planet game over still arguing which race is over which race until planet destroy!

  5. #5 by worldpress on Sunday, 24 April 2016 - 3:51 pm

    Climate change are about destroying this planet!
    Malaysia is still struggle in a pit with racial issue till the planet game over still arguing which race is over which race until planet destroy!

  6. #6 by Sallang on Sunday, 24 April 2016 - 5:29 pm

    It reminds me of two donkeys being tied together by the neck. Both cannot reach for the hay,placed at both corner of the barn,because they’re stretching separate ways.
    Finally they decided to go the same way, and got to feed.
    Surely Pakatan members are smarter than the donkeys.No?

  7. #7 by Bigjoe on Monday, 25 April 2016 - 2:52 pm

    Fact is Baru Bian is a poor leader and will never lead his people to real change..

    But the incident proves one thing – like terrorism, while most Muslim are not terrorist, a very significant number of them agree with terrorist. So it is the same with Malay and racism, while most cannot be described as racist, a very significant number of them agree with Racist behaviour and hence can condone the racism that is the root of the problem in with the fight with PKR..

    Like it or not, just as Muslim is allowing terrorism to define them, the Malays are letting racism define them..

  8. #8 by boh-liao on Monday, 25 April 2016 - 7:41 pm

    PKR wants 2 b Tai Kor but totally selfish n incompetent – One candidate absent, another bankrupt, n allowed BN to win one seat uncontested
    RUBBISH!
    DAP n PKR cannot even cooperate – RUBBISH as well

  9. #9 by boh-liao on Monday, 25 April 2016 - 7:59 pm

    Azmin Ali is a fool n enemy within Pakatan Harapan
    “I authorised PKR to contest DAP in contentious seats”
    Killing each other to benefit UmnoB/BN

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