Day: May 18, 2010

Local Issues Cost BN Sibu Seat

Malaysian Digest SIBU, 18 MAY, 2010: Barisan Nasional’s failure to retain its stronghold in Sibu in Sunday’s by-election in the parliamentary constituency may be surprising for outsiders but not for locals who had made up their minds much earlier and showed their displeasure by casting

Taib: New campaign tactics by opposition cost BN Sibu seat

Malaysian Insider KUCHING, May 18 — Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said today new tactics employed by the DAP to garner the support of voters cost the BN the Sibu parliamentary seat. “This time we had a different sort of

Watchdog: Why sudden surge in voter turnout?

Hazlan Zakaria (Malaysiakini) Sibu Election Watch (SEW), an independent election monitor during the Sibu by-election, has cried foul over Election Commission’s inability to provide an accurate account of the voter turnout by the end of the polling period. Coupled with the two-hour delay in the

The Sibu postal votes drama: Opposing views

Joseph Sipalan (Malaysiakini) DAP won the Sibu by-election, but conspiracy theorists claim that what transpired in the few hours before the final tally was announced could have changed the results. In the dying minutes of the final count, the DAP’s Wong Ho Leng was leading

Two S'wak Pakatan state reps suspended

Malaysiakini Fresh from Sibu a sucessful by-election campaign, two Pakatan Rakyat state representatives find themselves suspended by the Sarawak state legislative assembly for one year with immediate effect. The duo are Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Kota Sentosa), who is also Kuching parliamentarian, and Dominique Ng (PKR-Padungan).

Sibu: Postal votes poser

Written by Dr Mohamed Rafick Khan DAP could have lost Sibu if they had not obtained such a commanding lead from the get-go. The last minute influx of postal votes, as always nearly all cast in favour of Barisan – and this a ‘hallowed’ tradition

Sibu renews Putrajaya dream, says Kit Siang

By Clara Chooi (Malaysian Insider) KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang claimed today that Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) Sibu success was an early forecast of brighter days ahead in the fledgling coalition’s journey towards Putrajaya. “The Sibu by-election result has triple far-reaching

Do away with postal ballots

Justgreat (Malaysiakini) I view the postal votes with concern since the Election Commission is acting without integrity and is subservient to BN/Umno. I support any move to do away with postal votes, which again proved to be a contentious point in any election. Worse, if