The election results show that Sabah’s fixed deposit status remains and it will continue to play the role of kingmaker – but a closer analysis will also reveal something else.

“The opposition’s increased electoral gains in Sabah also show that the electorate can no longer be influenced by the lure of development aid. Put another way, the electorate has become more politically aware of their democratic rights — to choose political parties that can best fight for their interests,” says analyst Dr Arnold Puyok.

Read his revealing piece in Aliran.