GE-13 will be won in Sabah and Sarawak, says Anwar

ANWAR: There’s going to be a substantial change in Sabah and Sarawak, enough to alter the shift in balance of power nationwide.

ANWAR: There’s going to be a substantial change in Sabah and Sarawak, enough to alter the shift in balance of power nationwide.

KUALA LUMPUR: Rural Sabah and Sarawak will play a vital role in determining the victor of Election 2013, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said in a Bloomberg report Thursday.

Anwar told the news agency he was confident of Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) success despite the alliance’s differences in ideologies, although current seat tussles between PR and component parties in both east Malaysian states indicate otherwise.

“In Sabah and Sarawak, we’ve never seen that level of support among indigenous tribes,” Anwar (pic) told Bloomberg here.

“People do concede that there’s going to be a substantial change in Sabah and Sarawak, enough to alter the shift in balance of power nationwide.”

Sabah and Sarawak are traditionally viewed as a safe vote bank for Barisan Nasional (BN), with the coalition winning 55 out of 71 seats when Sarawak held its state election in April 2011.

The de facto leader of PKR also predicted a smooth transition of power should PR win Putrajaya, thanks to the changing attitude of the police force in handling political events.

“The police have changed in the last few months,” he said.

“There’s hardly been any harassment from the police in all our programmes. It’s a pure change.”

He pointed out that the police did not obstruct the latest opposition rally, the People’s Uprising Rally in January, but instead helped to “facilitate” it.

In the aftermath of the rally, dubbed “KL112”, it was the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) that has come under the spotlight, earning praise from the public and key leaders from both the opposition and BN for exercising restraint during the event.

The police force, especially the Dang Wangi police station, had implemented a number of initiatives for the first time during the rally, in order to assist the participants and the media covering the event.

Previous gatherings organised by polls watchdog group Bersih 2.0 had resulted in pitch battles on the streets between the police and protesters.

Parliament will automatically dissolve on April 28 and elections must be held 60 days from then.

  • alan newman, new zealand

    BN’s election fraud:
    After Crim Shahrizat Jalil’s seat fell to to Nurul Izzah, the postal voters ballooned from 180 to 3,000. Then BN transferred 8,000 Umno supporters into Nurul’s seat. This means Nurul is already down by 11,000 votes.
    In the 12th GE 2008, Pakatan Rakyat won Selangor, since 2008, the Selangor electoral rolls have ballooned by 22% (over 340,000 voters) to more than 1.9 million, compared to a national average of 16.3 %.
    Up to 90 % cent of ballots cast through postal votes support BN!
    31,294 voters have been transferred out of their 2008 state & parliamentary constituencies without their consent, the incumbent CM of Selangor too.
    42,000 voters whose citizenship cannot be verified by the National Registration Dept still on the roll.
    The electoral rolls carry 65,543 voters who are 85 yrs of age and older; and 1000 voters aged more than 100 yrs.
    15,855 voters on the roll have NRIC numbers showing they are of a different gender from that listed by the EC.
    4500 voters who are spouses of police officers are registered as postal voters in breach of the law.
    Over 400,000 dubious voters are on the electoral roll, enough to swing 35 federal seats either way to capture Putrajaya!
    Up to a million aliens in Sabah given NRICs to vote for BN.
    Gerrymandering in 55 yrs enables BN to win 51% of the seats in parliament with just 15.4% of the popular votes cast. Up to 1 million Malaysians residing overseas denied their right to vote by the EC.
    No scrutiny – Malaysia has refused access to int’l election watch groups after the 1990 general election!