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Monday, April 11, 2011

PKR-SNAP Impasse Revisited

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Politics, more than anything else, is about power. The impasse between PKR and SNAP is no different. Even with the allegations of collusion between the Sarawak homegrown political party and Barisan Nasional, it all boils down to a question of influence and power.

This article looks at the possible scenarios once the votes are counted on April 16.

Behind PKR-SNAP impasse, a battle to be CM

The extensive campaign to highlight alleged land grabs in Sarawak has become a double-edged sword for the opposition, causing restlessness among Dayak voters but also a rift between PKR and the Sarawak National Party (SNAP) in their ambition to claim the chief ministership.
Barisan Nasional (BN) is not expected to lose the 26 Malay-Melanau seats held by Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB).

But should BN be denied the 36 seats needed to retain power, then the opposition party with the most Dayak representatives would be in a strong position to lead a new state government.

Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will be forced to negotiate with SNAP to form government despite the latter failing to reach an electoral pact with PKR before nominations on Wednesday.