General elections – Why Sarawak Government must hold a State Wide Election.Ultimate general election is an opportunity for people in every part of the State of Sarawak to choose their representative in the house. This person will represent a local area (constituency) in the House of representative for up to five years.There is a choice of several candidates in each constituency. The candidate that receives most votes becomes their MP.State wide General Election for the 12th Sarawak State Government was on Dec 18, 2021. Sarawak is one of the component states that formed the country Malaysia in 1963. The state government is full of critics from both internal and external NGO’s and politicians. Critics were mainly the draining of the forest wealth and oil and gas revenue.The pandemic period due to Corvid 19 made this election even more interesting. This election was supposed to be done in June 2020 to start with the new government for the next 5 years. The country authority holds it due to the pandemic. So the state of Sarawak was under the care taker government since then until Dec 18, 2021.The total seat contested for the state legislative are 82.Party contesting are GPS, PSB,PKR,DAP,PBK,PBDS,ASPIRASI, PAS.The governing group of parties GPS ( PBB, PDP, PRS, SUPP) contested in all 82 seats while PSB which is poise to topple the governing parties contested in 72 seats. The rest of the parties contested in very few seats knowing that they have no winning chances.
Election ResultGPS won – 76 seat out of 82PSB won – 4 seatsDAP won – 2The rest of the parties lost all their candidates and some even lost their deposit of RM8,000 for failing to get enough votes.
Journey toward the Ultimate State election.
According to Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, the Sarawak Legislative Assembly has been dissolved with effect from November 3,2021 following the King’s assent to lift the statewide emergency due to the pandemic.The Governor of Sarawak, Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud, also a former and the longest period held as chief minister for Sarawak proclaimed the dissolution in accordance with Article 21(2) of the state constitution and Section 3(3) of the Emergency (Essential Powers) (Sarawak) Ordinance 2021, after being advised that legal and public safety and health considerations had been put in place, according to the Chief Minister.“It’s a one-of-a-kind situation in which the Agong (King) has lifted the emergency and (the state assembly) is dissolved automatically.”“However, as a matter of process, we would request that the Speaker officially notify the Election Commission,” he said at a press conference at Wisma Bapa Malaysia on Friday (Nov 5).The ruling Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state administration consulted and encouraged the Governor to request the King’s permission, according to Abang Johari.He asserted that if the emergency had not been declared, the state legislature would have been dissolved by June 7 and the state government would no longer be operating under the 2016 people’s mandate.“In order to uphold our oath to preserve and protect the state and federal constitutions, as well as the people’s right to choose their own government,” he said, “the GPS government believes that it would be a betrayal of that oath if the GPS government clung to power under the guise of a state of emergency, despite the people’s mandate to govern having expired.”At the same time, Abang Johari stressed the importance of people’s health and safety.He claimed that the state government had worked closely with health officials and other stakeholders to reach the decision to seek an early end to the emergency. “This is in preparation for the election.”The election dates will now be decided by the EC, according to Abang Johari.When asked if GPS had discussed seat distribution, he answered yes without going into detail.
Who decides for the General Election.
After talking with the Sarawak Governor and considering the opinion of the Prime Minister, Attorney General, and relevant government agency heads, the King agreed to lift the state of emergency in Sarawak earlier than planned next February.
The Sarawak Legislative Assembly was set to dissolve on June 7 when its term expired, but the state election was postponed due to a nationwide emergency that ended on August 1 and a further emergency in Sarawak that lasted from August 2 until February 2, 2022.
Ultimate State 12th General Election
The voting process for Sarawakians to elect a new state government began at 7.30 a.m. today, December 18th, 2021, with the opening of 1,866 polling centers involving 3,555 channels.
The procedure will be overseen by 46,565 election officials in all 82 state seats until polling closes at 5 p.m., involving 1,213,769 ordinary voters out of 1,252,014 registered voters.
Some constituencies, such as Tadika Kemas Kg Soh, which is part of the Muara Tuang constituency and has only 97 voters, may be closed as early as noon, depending on the number of voters.
On December 14, 18,141 of the 20,360 registered early voters cast their ballots, including 17,885 voting by mail.
The weather in Malaysia is expected to be clear this morning, according to the Malaysian Meteorological Department. However, thunderstorms are likely in numerous divisions in the evening typically in in Kuching, Samarahan, Sri Aman, Serian, Betong, Sarikei, Sibu and Mukah.
In the evening, rain is expected in Kapit and Bintulu, with temperatures ranging from 24 to 34 degrees Celsius throughout the day.
Because the country is still fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, voters are asked to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) such as physical separation, face masks, body temperature screening, and scanning the MySejahtera mobile application rapid response (QR) code before entering polling centers.
Individuals under surveillance (PUS) and persons under investigation (PUI) will need to get permission from the district health officer to go to the voting center if they have symptoms and do not pass the body temperature test.
Voters are also recommended to check their voting details before going out to vote using the MySPR Semak application or the EC’s portal at https://pengundi.spr.gov.my/ to avoid crowding at polling stations.
There will be 13 three-cornered fights, 33 four-cornered fights, 24 five-cornered fights, seven six-cornered fights, and eight eight-cornered fights (one). There will be four fights in a row.
Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) has 82 candidates, followed by Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) with 73, Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) with 70, Parti Keadilan Rakat (PKR) with 28, DAP with 26, Parti Aspirasi Rakyat Sarawak (Aspirasi) with 15, Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) with 11, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah
Thirty independent candidates are also running.
There are 304 male candidates and 45 female candidates, with 47 candidates aged 18 to 40, 56 candidates aged 41-50, 119 candidates aged 51-60, 117 candidates aged 61-70, and 71 and above (10).
Physical campaigning was authorized in 64 seats classified as having poor Internet connection in the new normal and in complete conformity with the prescribed SOP.
Election Promises – PSB Manifesto
The Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) today unveiled its election platform for the 12th Sarawak State Election, promising major changes if it wins on December 18.
The nomination of four deputy chief ministers, each representing one of the major ethnic groups, to assist the chief minister is one of the most important.
“The chief minister shall appoint full Cabinet ministers after consulting with all deputy chief ministers and obtaining a majority decision from the chief minister and the four deputy chief ministers combined.”
“Regardless of political background or position, each of the main ethnic groups (Dayaks, Malays, Melanau, Chinese) and a cluster of a few minority native groups in Sarawak shall be entitled to at least one position of either chief ministers or deputy chief ministers,” the party stated in its manifesto, which was released to the press today.
According to the manifesto, each ethnic group or cluster of minority native communities will be represented in the state Cabinet by at least one minister or assistant minister.
“To avoid cronyism and ensure transparency and fair representation in government, the Cabinet and public sector, as well as government authorities or bodies, will be fairly and equally represented not only according to ethnic background, but also across Sarawak’s various regions or areas,” the manifesto stated.
The Sarawak State Treasury should be placed under the Cabinet and apart from the chief minister and deputy chief ministers, who should not hold any state finance ministerial post or responsibilities, according to the manifesto.
PSB stated that Sarawak’s current laws do not ensure security of land ownership, and that it proposes that all leasehold residential titles for locals be converted to freehold.
“New residential land titles are often leased for 60 or 90 years.” PSB intends to resolve this by changing all leasehold residential land titles to freehold ownership.
The manifesto stated, “All established Native Customary Rights (NCR) Land would be awarded titles in perpetuity.”
PSB also urged Sarawak to become a “model secular state” by establishing a Religious Harmony Commission to protect religious freedom in the state.
It also stated that it aims to ensure that all recognized religions in the state receive public money.
The manifesto stated, “The party also vows to clearly demarcate between the Shariah and civil legal systems.”
Other election promises are such as If it obtains the mandate to form the next government in the 12th state election, Parti Sarawak Bersatu has promised to pay RM10,000 to every Sarawakian aged 18 to 23 years old to help them start their careers.
“We pledge to provide educational and training options for our youth, including vocational and technical training, as well as the arts.” “We pledge to give retraining chances for youths who want to change careers or improve their skills,” the party stated.
PSB president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh stated this morning that the manifesto would be published in English, Malay, Chinese, and Iban in all newspapers and social media platforms to make it simpler for voters of various races in the state to grasp.
The manifesto launch could not take place as planned because PSB wants to avoid big gatherings to minimize the spread of Covid-19, he explained.
“Our manifesto is unusual in that it is available in English, Malay, Chinese, and Iban,” he said at a press conference held today at the Bawang Assan PSB headquarters in Sibu.
Sarawak will vote on December 18th. Official campaigning began yesterday, which also happened to be Nomination Day.
Election Promises – PKR Manifesto
There is no join manifesto for PH components. Each political party has its own set of principles.
In Sarawak, the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has committed to develop specialty hospitals and satellite units to priorities healthcare and welfare.
Miri MP Dr Michael Teo Yu Keng said in a statement that Sarawak’s health system is in poor condition and requires special funding.
“Having billions of ringgit in reserves in resource-rich Sarawak is worthless if the status of Sarawak’s healthcare is abysmal and puts the lives of ordinary Sarawakians in jeopardy,” he remarked.
For its 2.9 million people, Sarawak has 22 hospitals and 229 public clinics, according to him, with many rural clinics staffed solely by nurses and medical assistants.
He stated that PKR would renovate health facilities around the country and ensure that they are adequately manned.
“Diagnostic facilities, radiology, emergency services, surgeons, trauma and orthopedics, and an Intensive Care Unit will all be provided, as well as necessary medical equipment,” he stated.
A specialized cancer hospital would be erected in Kuching, with satellite treatment centres in Bintulu, Sibu, and Miri, according to him.
Dr. Teo believes that an ophthalmology facility is also required to relieve congestion at Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching and to relieve the strain of many patients who cannot afford to travel long distances from rural areas to the state capital.
He also stated that PKR would implement breast and cervical cancer screening programs across Sarawak, particularly in rural regions.
Dr Teo went on to say that PKR would lobby the federal government for more funding and resources, while supplementing financing from state reserves.
Party Bumi Kenyalang manisfesto.
If the Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) wins the Sarawak state election, voters would get an RM3,000 “special fund” payment, according to PBK president Voon Lee Shan.
He claimed that the plan to establish a “special hardship relief fund” has gained traction and given opponents “sleepless nights.”
“Our political opponents used the occasion to disparage this fund, which will be distributed to individuals who vote in the 12th Sarawak election if PBK establishes the new administration,” he said.
Our opponents are using a variety of claims in order to discredit PBK and discourage supporters from voting for the party.
“Many opposition politicians and their followers have had restless nights because of the positive reception PBK has gotten,” he said in a statement on Thursday (Dec 9).
For the first time, the PBK is running in the Sarawak election, with candidates running in 73 of the 82 seats up for grabs.
Voon is running in a five-way race in Batu Lintang, where he previously served as a DAP assemblyman from 2006 to 2011.
One of PBK’s key aims is to help Sarawak gain independence.
Other pledges in the party’s platform, dubbed the “PBK Passport to Prosperity, Freedom, and Independence,” include free tuition for government tertiary students and deposit subsidies for first-time property purchasers.
As the state prepares for an election on December 18, the Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDS) is demanding for the chief ministership to be reserved solely for Dayaks.
One of the eight primary objectives in the party’s manifesto is to secure the position of chief minister.
Other goals include securing permanent native customary land titles for the Dayak population, equal educational opportunities, key ministerial positions, key roles in government agencies, and increasing their participation in the economic and financial sectors.
Furthermore, the party advocates for racial and religious equality, as well as a fair allocation of natural resources and utilities for all.
According to the manifesto, Sarawak has roughly 1.7 million Dayaks out of a population of three million; hence the Dayaks are entitled to the lion’s share of political power, government offices, and resources.
The Dayaks, according to PBDS, are still lagging behind others in the state and country.
Bobby William, the party’s president, is running for the Senadin seat against incumbent Datuk Lee Kim Shin of the Sarawak United People’s Party.
The Aspirasi coalition includes Bobby’s party.
Sarawak People’s Aspiration Party, Sarawak for Sarawakians, Gabungan Anak Sarawak, and political independents make up the coalition.
They’ll be running on the Aspirasi ticket. Aspirasi has found candidates for approximately 30 of the 82 constituencies so far.
Why the ruling GPS component Parties Win
By just reading all the available election promises, only GPS have the consistent promises. Most of them have been completed and some are still in progress towards completion like those infrastructures (rural electrification, clean water supply, telecommunication, roads and many others).
All the opponent parties have no near better promises than that of the GPS. Most of them are the old days promises that people are not interested with like the land issues, administration issues, money politics, racist or religious issues.
There was some expectation of media and cyber war among the talented youth from all the parties. But there seem to be non at all.