Wednesday, March 05, 2008

News - Sarikei General Election 2008

Sarikei election poster war, Mar 2008
Find SUPP, BN and DAP flags.
Repok Road. Rejang River in background.
Source: Halamanku

Election time! It's the 12th parliamentary election. Barisan National already won 4 seats on nomination day (Tanjong Manis, Kanowit, Selangau and Kapit) and Igan after the independent candidate withdrew. But as usual, the hottest seats are in the urban towns. Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP, BN) are fighting for the March 8 votes in all the 7 urban parliamentary seats of Bandar Kuching, Stampin, Serian, Sarikei, Sibu, Lanang and Miri.

Sarikei election poster war, Mar 2008
Find Independent, DAP and SUPP candidates.
Source: Halamanku

The Sarikei seat turns out to be very, very hot with a 5-cornered fight.

1. DAP first announced Dr Wong Hua Seh, a former Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) candidate, who contested against SUPP's David Teng in 2002.

2. Kung Chin Chin (Independent), ex-DAP. She lost by a slim majority of 500+ votes to David Teng in the Repok constituency in the 2006 state election.

3. Ngu Tieng Hai (Independent), ex-DAP. He joined DAP Bintangor after the 2004 general election.

4. Lau Kian Chai (Independent), ex-SUPP. He resigned from SUPP in June 2007. He's a timber businessman.

5. Finally, SUPP announced Ding Kuong Hiing after months of intense speculations. He was appointed a political secretary to the Chief Minister in 2005 and is now SUPP Sarikei branch assistant secretary. He replaced the incumbent, Law Hieng Ding, SUPP deputy president, who retired after six terms as MP.

Sarikei election banner war, Mar 2008.
Repok Road. St Anthony's School in background.
Source: Halamanku

The Meradong and Repok state seats form the Sarikei parliamentary constituency with 31,335 voters (70% Chineses, 30% Bumiputeras). Repok, a traditional SUPP stronghold, has 16,750 voters (75% Chinese, 25% Bumiputras) but DAP only lost by 500+ in the 2006 state election. Meradong with 14,585 voters (60% Chinese, 40% Bumiputras) is reported to be the hotter battleground.

Now who will win is anyone's guess. The Independents will split votes meant for SUPP and DAP candidates so this will turn out to be very unpredictable.

Sarikei election banner war, Mar 2008
3 independent candidates this time!
Source: Halamanku

Will you vote for the candidate based on how much economic development and jobs he/she can bring? Will you check the box for whom you view as an underdog? Will you vote based on racial politics? Will you side with the candidate that can bring better educational opportunities? Ultimately he or she has to deliver the goods to change Sarikei for the better, not just empty promises.

Double click on Sarikei election poster war video done by Halamanku.

Sarikei, now is the time to decide. Let the vote begin.


Daniel Yiek said...

Pls note that this is not a political website. Pls be sensitive to other voters. This is not the forum to sling mud on other candidates.

Sure, you can comment on how your vote will be based on but please do not indicate who you will vote for. That's for the ballot box.

Kong said...

Someone told me Dr Wong Hua Seh was originally DAP, then switched over to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and now back to DAP again.

Kanga said...

Wow!!! 5 candidates competing in my small home town!what a story for me to tell all my friends from other parts of Malaysia and the world!Long live democracy!Let pineapple rules!(not like to face the wrong end of this fruit off course)

T-MO-T said...

hey im going to sarikei this coming june...

wil u be around...

Daniel Yiek said...

I think there are 3-4 seats in M'sia that had 5 candidates but in S'wak, this is the only seat. It's hot. One candidate was reported in the news to have rec'd anonymous threats by phone!

No, I wont be in S'kei in Jun. I usually go home once or twice a year. I make my living in S'pore and travel a lot in my job. Hey, go thru your family album for any old S'kei pics.

I will keep this blog going for as long as possible this year. For those still waiting for the posts on the Brooke days...pls hold tied up with work.

Click on Rentap tag at the sidebar. A descendant of Brooke from the USA has left comments. He has been doing research too.

kakak tua said...

If any party promises to build a highway from Kuching to Miri by 2050, I will go home and register to vote for it. Money from oil and gas from Sarawak is enough to build the tallest twin towers in the world (which were nice to look at from Mount Kinabalu), but not enough to build a highway linking the two cities.

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