State election might see proxy fight — Observer
Posted on February 22, 2011, Tuesday
KUCHING: The coming state election might see a proxy fight between two component parties of Barisan Nasional (BN).
The bone of the contention is the Pelagus issue involving its assemblyman Larry Sng, who is also an assistant minister in the Chief Minister’s Department.
According to a political observer, who declined to be identified, the move by former information chief of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Tedewin Ngumbang for not joining Sarawak National Party (SNAP) and linking himself to a group of independent candidates who declared their interest to contest six seats belonging to Pesaka wing of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) is very suspicious.
This was reported in a news portal last Saturday which quoted Tedewin as saying that he himself would be contesting against PBB deputy president Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang in Layar constituency in Betong.
The political observer pointed out the fact that Tedewin stills maintains a good relationship with the leadership of a certain BN component party makes him look the likely candidate to carry out the proxy fight against PBB.
“There are now rumours on the ground that indicate Tedewin has a fallout with the party leadership which resulted in him leaving the party. At the same time, many who are with the party leadership are not happy with PBB leaders for being seen as supportive of Pelagus assemblyman (Larry Sng).
“Thus, with Tedewin’s decision not to join SNAP at this juncture when the party is not happy with PBB is very suspicious.
“The timing in making the decision not to join SNAP is very suspicious,” said the political observer.
There are 71 state seats in Sarawak.
Based on BN quota system, 35 of these seats will be allocated to PBB, 19 to Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), nine to PRS and eight to Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).
The last election results showed that there were 12 marginal state seats in Sarawak.
Another 15 seats can be considered predominantly urban and of these, eight are overwhelmingly Chinese.
The rest of the 15 are mixed seats.