GEORGE TOWN: Pakatan Harapan fared badly in the recent Sarawak polls as voters were disappointed by the performance of the coalition after it took over Putrajaya following the last general election (GE14) in May 2018.
Sarawak DAP said this in a post-mortem report on the recently concluded state elections which saw PH nearly wiped out by Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
State DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen said a study on the polls’ results also revealed that the ethnic Chinese voter turnout was very low at around 40%-45%.
He added that in GE14 the turnout for the same demographic stood at 65%.
“The results also showed the votes were split among the Chinese besides an overall drop in their desire to vote,” he said.
Comparatively, Chong said the Bumiputera or native voter turnout was 65%-70% this year, while the army and police recorded a more than 75% turnout.
He said while local party issues for the past 30 to 40 years could be faulted for PH’s poor showing, the split-voting and general voter disappointment were the main causes of the big losses for PH.
“We acknowledge that the low voter turnout and the split-voting were due to the general sentiment of disappointment among the electorate in many of our constituencies.
“Such sentiment was because DAP and PH, during our 22 months in charge of the federal government, did not match the expectations of the people,” he said in a press conference in Kuching.
Chong said PH fell short of what was expected despite its efforts to implement reforms within the government.
He and the state committee then took a bow and apologised to voters for falling short of their expectations.
“We will continue to play our role as the responsible opposition, supporting what is right and opposing the wrong by the government of the day.”
This time around, DAP only won two of the 24 seats it contested while PKR lost in all its 28 seats. Amanah, which contested eight seats, also failed to win a single one.
PH fielded 62 candidates in total out of 82 state seats. The incumbent GPS party won 76, retaining its rein on the Sarawak government.
In the May 2016 polls, DAP managed to win seven out of the 31 seats it contested. However, this was a drop from the 12 seats it won in the 2011 state elections.