Big win good for GPS leadership
By:Dr Nur Aida Kipli
Date:

Many have commented on the result of the 15th general election. Such a strong fight with so many shocks has begun to open the eyes of Malaysian voters.

Overall, the voting process in Sarawak has proceeded well and the weather conditions on Saturday morning were ideal.

Many young voters cast their ballots for the first time during the morning session. Some went with their families and others with their pals.

Rains and floods were reported in some areas, such as in Limbang. Voting in Baram had to be suspended because of bad weather. Today, November 21, is the new voting date.

Gabungan Parti Sarawak’s victory in 22 out of 31 seats contested was anticipated, an improvement over the 14th General Election in 2018 when just 19 seats were won.

The big win is a very positive sign for the GPS leadership which has been entrusted once more to safeguard the rights and demands of Sarawakians.

Sarawakians’ understanding of the struggle of this local coalition has generated positive reactions which must be maintained.

The coalition’s chairman, Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg is extremely competent and has examined the needs and desires of the people of Sarawak from every potential aspect.

Two youthful candidates, Rodiyah Sapiee (Batang Sadong) and Mohamad Shafizan (Batang Lupar) have successfully defended two iconic seats, demonstrating a strong GPS aura.

Among the captured hot seats are Lubok Antu (which was won by an independent candidate in GE14 ) and Selangau (which was won by Baru Bian in GE14).

Due to his ability to switch parties and representative districts, Bian’s recent defeat in Lawas has already begun to demonstrate a decline in his popularity.

All five female GPS candidates (in Santubong, Mukah, Sri Aman, Kota Samarahan, and Batang Sadong) won easily. The fact that Sarawakians accept female leadership in the governance of the state is an encouraging indicator.

Doris’ success has ushered in a new era ¬– as Sarawak’s first Dayak woman legislator. This can serve as a baseline for presenting Chinese female candidates in locations where Chinese residents and voters constitute the majority.

This is because it is extremely difficult to change the feelings of Chinese voters without understanding their genuine wants and requirements.

The voting behaviour of Chinese voters in Kuching, Mas Gading, Stampin, Lanang and Sibu (hot seats) requires special attention in future elections.

The failure of the big names such as Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president, Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum in Julau in the election needs to be analysed.

Suffice to say, a candidate’s popularity and public involvement have a big impact on the constituents and their votes.

The establishment of GPS benefits Sarawakians. GPS is a strong coalition of four local political parties that will serve the state well.

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