With the Sarawak state elections expected to be held in April, we can expect all kinds of announcements to be made ahead of the polls.
Like this one: Minister for Rural and District Development Ismail Sabri Yaakob reportedly announced on 21 February that a Mara Science Junior College would be built on a site in Bintulu, with the first intake of students expected in 2019.
Expect more such announcements in the weeks ahead.
By the way, can someone let me know the status of the “university” in Teluk Intan promised by Gerakan-BN candidate Mah Siew Keong on 26 May 2014, just five days ahead of the Teluk Intan by-election.
Ten days after he won the by-election, it was reported that the Perak state government had “enclosed” a 30-acre plot of land for the “university”. The talk then was that the “university” would be just a branch campus of Wawasan Open University. But a check on the WOU website shows that the only regional centre in Perak for WOU is in Ipoh at Wisma Gerakan.
So the BN should tell us what the progress of this “university” is, after two years have passed.
And what about his promise to get Unesco listing for the leaning tower of Teluk Intan? What is the status of that?
These updates of promises made are important so that the Sarawak voters can start believing all the BN promises that are expected to rain down on them, if previous Sarawak state elections are any guide.
Some people would call these kinds of promises electoral inducements or vote-buying or more politely, “the politics of development”. You know, “you help me, I help you”. These would be frowned upon, even forbidden, in more democratic countries. Unfortunately, in Donationland, almost everything is fair game.
If you can think of other unfulfilled promises ahead of previous elections in Saawak or elsewhere in Malaysia, whether made by BN or Pakatan parties, share them with us below.