Sabotage from within threatens Sarawak BN, says analyst

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PETALING JAYA: Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s biggest headache is selecting candidates and his choice could create a lot of problems leading to sabotage from within, a political analyst warned.

According to a report by The Star, Assoc Prof Jeniri Amir of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) said sabotaging could occur as Adenan has failed to resolve issues between two Barisan Nasional parties and their pro-BN splinter parties.

Jeniri was referring to the issues between the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and its splinter party United People’s Party (UPP) as well as Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) and its splinter party, Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras).

He also said the fielding of Parti Pesaka Bumiputra (PBB)-linked direct candidates could cause unhappiness within other BN component parties.

“Some seats are getting ‘blacker’ for Barisan like Mulu and Ba’kelalan. And then there are seats like Marudi, that Adenan announced the candidate for last year, but he has now discovered there could be better candidates,” Jeniri was quoted as saying.

He added that in the Tasik Biru seat, Adenan was torn between the incumbent, Peter Nansian and a new, possibly more winnable candidate.

On the potential unhappiness over the fielding of PBB-linked direct candidates, Jeniri said the Mulu and Semuja constituencies – which will be contested by direct candidates Gerawat Gala and John Ilus – had been eyed by SPDP and SUPP respectively.

On top of this, SPDP lost the newly created Samalaju seat to Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), while SUPP lost several incumbents who are currently with the UPP.

Jeniris said Adenan’s popularity could be undone by sabotage, noting that while dropped candidates had pledged their support, in reality, politics did not work that way.