Thursday, May 18, 2006

Fresh from Sarawak: SUPP feels threatened

The SUPP (Sarawak United People's Party), the largest party representing the Sarawak Chinese in the Sarawak BN, is feeling the heat of discontent and frustration from its traditionally strong constituencies in the major cities like Kuching, Sibu, Bintangor, Sarikei, Bintulu and Miri.

To counter the strong campaign of the opposition including the DAP, Keadilan and SNAP, the SUPP has started its dirty tactics of lies, distortion, and threat of public disorder.

People are now reminded by the SUPP leaders of the May 13 tragedy, an old but may be effective trick.

Call by the DAP for automatic renewal of land title to 99 years has been distorted and described as a mission impossible since the DAP would not be in power to do so even if the DAP won all the 12 seats contested.

The SUPP also resorts to threaten the voters that if the SUPP lost even one seat, it would lose its No.2 position in the Sarawak BN government and thereby lose its bargaining power to protect the Chinese interest in the state. It may look like a joke to many but the relatively conservative Chinese community in Sarawak may buy this argument.

The DAP Sarawak state chairman and candidate for Bukit Assek in Sibu, Richard Wong Ho Leng, has predicted that the DAP may win 7 seats and this has been prominently reported in the New Straits Times today.

While I vehemently hope that his prediction will come true, I have my reservation. Experiences in the past elections in Sarawak remind us of the dirty and unscrupulous tactics applied in the last 2 days of campaign, and even on the polling day, will turn the tide.

Be it as it may, this election is certainly the best opportunity for the DAP Sarawak to win more than 3 seats.

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