KUCHING: A political analyst has warned of increasing sentiment against Malayan-based parties among Sarawakians, especially following PPBM’s move to enter Sabah.
Universiti Malaya’s Awang Azman Awang Pawi said the people of Sarawak were uneasy with PPBM for not keeping its word that it would not enter Sabah.
He said their confidence in Pakatan Harapan (PH) had also been whittled down by the lack of consensus in its leadership over PPBM’s decision to take in ex-Umno members.
This was nothing new as many of the Malays, Melanaus and Ibans had been dissatisfied with the PH government for a while now, with recent events only increasing this feeling, he added.
“For example, the Iban community is not happy with the PH government because they do not have any representatives in the federal Cabinet,” he told FMT.
He added that Sarawakians had suffered due to a cut in federal allocations for the state.
“Based on a survey carried out by our team recently, 65% to 80% of voters in Sarawak support GPS (a state-based coalition),” he said.
According to him, the survey, which was carried out between October and December last year, showed that 85% of the Malays, 90% of the Melanaus and 60% to 70% of the Ibans were with GPS.
However, he said, 75% of the Chinese and 60% of the Bidayuhs supported PH.
Azman said it was possible that Bidayuhs supported PH as many of them lived in urban or suburban areas.
He added that the Bidayuh community had many graduates, saying these educated voters could have influenced others in their community to support PH.
PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad launched his party’s Sarawak unit on Dec 1 last year. He announced PPBM’s entry into Sabah on Feb 15.