SIBU: State BN secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi yesterday warned the opposition not to expect the people to fall for its brand of politics.
He was asked if the coming state election would see a different political landscape following the emergence of many new political parties in the scene, and whether the state BN expect a tougher fight than that in the last state polls.
The five new newcomers are Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras), Parti Bumi Kenyalang, Peace Party and Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDS Baru) and Parti Ekonomi Rakyat Sarawak Bersatu (Persb).
“We don’t expect much difference and if any, there will be more confusion within the opposition if they think they can instigate/manipulate the Dayaks,” the Kemena assemblyman told The Borneo Post.
Making it a crowded affair, SWP announced that they would contest in seven state constituencies in the next state election though it is at least two years away.
Its president Larry Sng said the seven seats they intended to field candidates in included Pelagus, Meluan, Engkilili and Tamin whose candidates had been identified.
Of the four state constituency seats, two are held by BN with Dr Johnical Rayong (SUPP) as assemblyman for Engkilili and PRS Datuk Joseph Mauh, assemblyman for Tamin.
SWP-held seats are Pelagus (George Lagong) and Meluan (Wong Judat). Judat left SPDP last year to cross over to SWP.
Asked if SWP would make inroad this time around now that they had agreed to work with PR, Dr Rundi, who is assistant minister of public utilities (electricity and telecommunications), said BN is always in a state of readiness.
“We in BN don’t take any election lightly and will fight any opposition all out, no matter who they are,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, PBB supreme council member Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said: “Personally, I see it a bit too early to sound the trumpet on which seat should be contested.
“As Malaysia is a democratic country, SWP is free to contest any seat in the next state election. Whether they can make inroad into any seat is yet to be seen.”
Abdul Karim, who is also Assistant Minister of Youth Development and Asajaya assemblyman, said it was not going to be easy for SWP, judging from its performance in the last general election.
Nevertheless, he figured it was good to make early preparations and that the people have the final say.
He reckoned the next state election would be just like any other election.
“We might see more players as more political parties have registered. But politics is no kid’s game. Parties need visionary and dedicated leaders wiith good objectives, machinery and finance,” he noted.
Abdul Karim said it would not be easy for those fishing for ‘luck’ in an election as voters are more matured now.
SPDP deputy secretary-general Paul Igai when contacted said: “SPDP will make a come back in Meluan for the sake of the people there, without a second thought.” - theborneopost