The election outcome in Sarawak and three other BN ‘fixed deposit’ states will decide whether BN remains at the federal level or PR creates history.

This article is written by Faisal S Hazis:

Fresh from a hard-fought battle to wrest control of Sarawak, the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) and the opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) have to once again slug it out in a high-stakes election, widely touted as the most competitive in Malaysian history.

As evident in the 2011 state elections, much has changed in Sarawak since the general election in 2008, when the ruling party made an almost clean sweep of the 31 parliamentary seats in the state. Back then, Sarawak and Sabah were instrumental in ensuring the BN’s continued grip of federal power by contributing almost 40 per cent of the ruling coalition’s parliamentary seats. But politics in the East Malaysian states particularly Sarawak has seen significant changes that might alter the balance of power at the federal level.

Full article in Aliran website.