Politicians are already gearing up for the Sibu by-election, but if they think they can follow the same pattern of campaigning in Sarawak as they are accustomed to in the peninsula, they are mistaken.
Already some blunders and oversights are apparent and politicians and campaigners from the peninsula will do well to learn from them.
Ngu Ik Tien reports for Aliran after attending PKR and DAP dinners in Sibu:
I received a free ticket to attend ‘the DAP night’ from a friend of my friend working as a reporter with the local Chinese press. Some Chinese newspapers described the dinner as “a show of strength (造势大会)”. Another purpose of the dinner was to announce the candidate for the by-election of Sibu. Though Wong Ho Leng had mentioned to the press more than once that he recommended Alice Lau to be the candidate, the Sibu folks seemed to disregard the suggestion. “Must be him-lah,” they said.
The DAP dinner was held at the Good Happiness Restaurant,located in a relatively new shopping area of Sibu town and the restaurant was packed with about 2,000 diners. My friend told me that about 200 tables were sold and occupied. That surprised me as there were 210 tables laid out for PKR’s night which was held a week ago. I thought that the DAP would draw a bigger crowd. Full article here.