SATU2NYA KERUSI YANG DITANDINGI PAS BAGI KERUSI DUN DI SARAWAK IALAH DU BETING MARO YANG MENYAKSIKAN CALON PAS Haji Alem Din HAMPIR2 MENAWAN DUN ITU APABILA BERJAYA MENGHAKIS MAJORITI BN KEPADA 895 UNDI SAHAJA.
PADA PRU SARAWAK TAHUN 2006 YANG LALU, Calon PAS, Haji Alem Din memperolehi 1901 undi berbanding dengan calon BN, Bolhasan Di yang meraih sebanyak 2796, manakala 45 undi rosak dengan peratusan keluar mengundi sekitar 50 peratus sahaja.
BERITA DI BAWAH ADALAH GAMBARAN KETAKUTAN BN KEPADA PENGARUH PAS DI BUMI KENYALANG YANG SEJAK AKHIR AKHIR INI GIAT BERKEMPEN MENJELANG PRU SARAWAK YANG DIJANGKA DIADAKAN SELEWAT2NYA JULAI 2011 ATAU LEBIH AWAL DARI ITU PADA TAHUN 2010.
MENARIKNYA Calon PAS, Haji Alem Din BUKAN SAHAJA MENERIMA UNDI DARI PENGUNDI MUSLIM TETAPI JUGA DARI PENGUNDI BUKAN ISLAM TERMASUKLAH KAUM IBAN YANG MERUPAKAN PENDUDUK MAJORITI DI SARAWAK.
KUCHING: Beting Maro assemblyman Bolhassan Di is confident that Barisan Nasional (BN) will retain his constituency in the next state election because of the ‘feel good’ among the constituents now.
“The ‘feel good’ factor comes as a result of the Malaysian stimulus packages which are set to benefit rural areas and the steady pace of land development in Beting Maro,” he said, giving an early indication as to what the opposition can expect in the next state election which is due only in 2011.
Bolhassan admitted that even though he won in the 2006 state election against Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS), the result was the worst for BN and him personally.
He won with a majority of 895 votes while turnout was only 65 per cent of the total 7,300 voters. He said he was personally not satisfied with the results but insisted that the next election would be happily different.
According to him, another indicator that suggests BN will retain the seat with better results is the outcome of the last parliamentary election in Batang Lupar where BN made a marked improvement.
Speaking to reporters during his Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house in Petra Jaya here, he said BN received strong support from voters in his constituency during that parliamentary election.
On why BN did rather badly in 2006 was because the polling district of Manggut, which is a BN stronghold, had been carved out to become part of another state constituency of Saribas during the last delineation exercise.
“The about 3,000 voters from Manggut are mostly BN loyalists,” he said.
Bolhassan pointed out that the situation now is getting better because the BN had adopted new strategies and approaches to counter the opposition’s movement in Beting Maro. The main issue in his area, according him, is related to native customary rights (NCR) over land.
According to Bolhassan, in 2006, PAS capitalised on land issues by exaggerating them apart from employing character assassination and telling lies to the people about top BN leadership, the elected representatives as well as councillors, village headmen and longhouse chiefs.
Just a few days before this year’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri, he said, the government gave incentives totalling RM150,000 to 83 participants of native customary land development which also involved the Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA), Tabung Haji and several developers.
“Now the people are more confident in land development involving joint ventures in oil palm plantations because they do not have the fear that they would not be getting any dividend after many years,” he said.
Land issues that cropped up in 2006 are now about 90 per cent settled, he said.
According to him, the incentive a participant would get RM60 per hectare per month.
“There were those who received RM13,000 while others, RM11,000, RM8,000, RM2,000 or RM1,000. And because of these incentives, many more people want to join in,” he said.
On the Pakatan Rakyat, he said: PR’s weaknesses can be seen from the states they control. They are in a mess and the leaders are those lacking credibility. Their style is fishing for votes by making sweet promises. Even if the sweet promises are being implemented, how long can this strategy last?” said Bolhassan, who is Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department.