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Monday, April 11, 2011

BN losing mindshare in Sarawak?

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If BN isn't worried, they probably should be. Has the political tsunami that swept Peninsular Malaysia in 2008 finally arrived in Sarawak? To the outside observer, it would seem that the answer is yes, or at the very least, in the more urban portions of the state.

It is also speculated that the main reason Najib is in Sarawak right now is to bolster public support for the beleaguered BN, helmed by Taib Mahmud. Doesn't look like the visit's making too big of a dent, going by this report.

Barisan Nasional (BN) was left red-faced last night when two separate rallies across the city featuring Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his arch-nemesis Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim drew vastly different crowd numbers.
The usually conservative Sarawak folk arrived in droves at Anwar’s rally in the Batu Kawah constituency just 30 minutes outside of the city, all clambering to listen to the opposition leader and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) bigwigs like DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and PAS spiritual leader Datuk Seri Nik Aziz Nik Mat.

According to observers at least 8,000 were in attendance, causing a major two-hour traffic congestion on the roads leading to the ceramah venue.

Held at the same time in the same city, Najib’s 1 Malaysia meet-the-leaders session paled in comparison.

Even with the bussing of people from various neighbouring constituencies into Kuching South City Hall’s indoor stadium, only a thousand were seen in it.