The large turnouts at ceramahs in Sarawak continue. This was the scene outside Pakatan’s operations room in Senadin in Miri at 11.00pm today.
Observers said such a large turnout had not been seen in recent years. This is actually Supp territory: in 2006, Supp’s Lee Kim Sin trounced PKR’s Chai Chook Hui by 4799 votes. This time, Lee is up against PKR’s Michael Teo Yu Keng. Supp also holds the other two state seats in the Miri parliamentary constituency – Piasau (held by George Chan) and Pujut.
In front of Teo’s clinic in Miri. Among the other speakers were Guan Eng, Anthony Loke and Pakatan candidates.
Ibans in a long house in Selambung, Krian attending a PKR ceramah. Also present was the Tuai Rumah.
Over in the industrial town of Bintulu, Lim Kit Siang informed 1500 people that activist Wong Chin Huat was refused entry into Sarawak earlier tonight. He called on voters to condemn the “latest case of Sawarak CM’s abuse of power with their votes”.
Kit Siang, who has seen it all over his long political career, couldn’t help marvelling at the turnout in Sarawak’s fourth largest town. “Swak hurricane gaining force. Biggest Bintulu ceramah crowd in history – 3 times yesterday’s crowd nearly 3 times donations – RM10,896.70,” he tweeted.
In the 2006 state election for the Kidurung seat within the Bintulu parliamentary constituency, the DAP’s Chiew Chiu Sing defeated Supp’s Paul Yong Khing Kee by 1664 votes. In Kemena within Bintulu, the PBB’s Stephen Rundi Anak Utom clinched victory over a Snap candidate by 1572 votes in 2006. This time around Stephen is up against candidates from Snap and PKR and an independent. In Jepak, the PBB’s Talib Zulpilip thrashed a DAP candidate by 3179 votes in 2006. Talib will be facing four other candidates now, with the PKR representing Pakatan.
One Kuching resident reports that DAP ceramahs in Kuching have drawn packed crowds over the last few days. Some even gave up the idea of going for these as the roads were so clogged.
And the goodies are coming out. “Yesterday, at a BN ceramah, they were giving out tupperware and umbrellas. Another civil servant got a free air ticket to come back and vote.”
But he said it is still quite difficult for the opposition. “They are seen as disunited. Look at Padungan and Batu Lintang, where the incumbents were dropped without much explanation.”
Pakatan candidates will also be up against the BN’s might and machinery, he said. “They (the BN) would probably have booked (directly or indirectly) most of the helicopters, four-wheel drives, long boats, accommodation all over.”
On the positive side for Pakatan, the ‘Datuk T’ video tape is a non-issue.
“People want change, but the main factor holding them back is fear.”