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‘Educated’ opposition vs BN money

 | March 14, 2013

Electing educated but 'poor' opposition YBs will be useless to constituencies, according to Sarawak Barisan Nasional.

KUCHING: The impending 13th general election in Sarawak will be a battle between money and “educated” opposition YBs.

The opposition’s rumoured line-up of professionals and graduates potentials while looking intimidating did not ruffle state Barisan Nasional MPs.

In fact, the Taib Mahmud-led Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) is of the opinion that “educated” opposition candidates who do not have strong financial backing would end up being YBs offering only “lip service” to their constituents and as such, were not a threat.

Reacting to recent reports that opposition DAP was fielding pharmacist Oscar Ling in Sibu and Hai Merawin in Mukah, PBB supreme council member Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said that “BN is not worried”.

“BN is not worried about whoever the opposition is going to place as its candidates.

“They may be lawyers, doctors or professionals but their academic excellence will go to waste if they are elected and all they can do is merely pay ‘lip service’.”

“Can these candidates fulfil their roles as ‘wakil rakyat’ or people’s representatives in the event they win?

“Will they become be like the other opposition YBs now, just making noises but are unable to provide positive transformation to their constituencies?” he asked.

He said constituencies with such YBs would suffer because of their elected representatives’ “inability to provide even simple allocations like funds for PTAs [Parent-Teacher Associations] to organise activities”.

“The BN, on the other hand, has a long track record of fulfilling the wishes of the people, ” he reportedly said.

Karim’s comments come on the back of rumours that it will be an uphill battle for DAP in Sarawak in the coming general election.

DAP, which had a victorious run in the 2011 state election winning 12 of the 15 seats it contested, is facing its own internal strife.

The party will go into the 13th parliamentary election without its state chief chairman Wong Ho Leng, who is gravely ill, leading the charge.

Wong had battled hard in 2010 to wrest the Bandar Sibu seat, which BN had held for 24 years.

DAP wrested the seat by 392 votes. The slim majority, observers say, has since been diluted.

Yesterday, it was reported that DAP had sacked six of its members including some office-bearers for insubordination. The six were from Senadin, Piasau and Miri.

They were allegedly sabotaging a decision of the DAP state committee to nominate Lim Su Kian as its candidate for the Miri parliamentary seat in the coming general election.

Sarawak DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen said the party was prepared for any repercussions stemming from its decision.


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