Ready for psychological warfare

By Samuel Aubrey
June 20, 2011 | Borneo Post

KUCHING: State BN elected representatives have braced themselves for a possible massive ‘onslaught’ by the opposition during the eight-day State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting which starts today.

Chief Minister and State BN chairman Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud told reporters yesterday that they (BN assemblymen) were now prepared to respond to members from the opposition in the august House.

A 3-day ‘Parliamentary Discourse on Government 2011’ seminar was held, beginning last Thursday, to toughen up the assemblymen.

The pre-Council meeting at PBB headquarters yesterday was also one of the preparations for the DUN sitting which ends on June 29, Taib added.

“They were given a course to understand the procedures. They were also briefed on the possible issues to be raised by the opposition and to understand their (the opposition’s) attitude … such as what drives them.

“We also need to know

how we must handle them (opposition) because it can become too political (in the DUN). This is not about focusing on individual interests,” he explained.

Taib had earlier chaired the pre-Council meeting which was attended by cabinet ministers, assistant ministers and government backbenchers.

The meeting, which lasted for more than two hours, was also attended by DUN Speaker Dato Sri Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar.

In the April 16 polls, the BN won 55 of the 71 seats it contested in.

However, in the 2006 state election, it had won 63 seats.

The opposition’s strength increased to 15 seats after DAP won 12 and PKR three.

The remaining seat in the 71-seat Assembly was won by an Independent candidate.

This DUN sitting, which is the first after the April 16 polls, will see a total of 23 new assemblypersons, including 11 from the BN.

Head of State Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng will declare open the DUN sitting today.

  1. #1 by cemerlang on Tuesday, 21 June 2011 - 6:37 pm

    It is not about individuals. It is about the people. If the Chief Minister do not want to answer the opposition or even his own party members, he is not answering you the rakyat, the people. Remember your elected representative is your mouthpiece. How do you feel if you ask someone a question but you are not given a proper answer or no answer at all ? The mindset of the rakyat must change also. The politicians are not your entertainers. They speak on behalf of you. They do on behalf of you. They serve you.

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