Extracts from a press statement by DAP election director Liew Chin Tong
Over the past four days of campaigning, the DAP and Pakatan Rakyat were received with enthusiasm and unprecedented crowds. From Sibu to Sarikei [there was a] tremendous groundswell of support.
But now this state election campaign has entered an entirely different phase with Prime Minister Najib Razak taking over the reins from Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud. This now morphs into an election of national proportions – with the entire Federal Cabinet and government machinery at Barisan Nasional’s disposal.
Despite a discernable swing among urban voters to Pakatan Rakyat, there are just too few purely urban seats. Most seats in Sarawak are rural, more susceptible to money politics, threats, and intimidation. Seats which seem urban at first blush are in fact semi-rural. Four of six seats contested by DAP in the central zone are semi-rural.
…the entry of Najib’s juggernaut threatens to eat away whatever gains the DAP and Pakatan Rakyat have obtained. [It shows that Barisan Nasional was caught off-guard by the surge of support for Pakatan Rakyat’s battle for change.]
This is the last chance for the people of Sarawak to effect real change through the ballot box. The DAP and Pakatan Rakyat cannot fight the Najib machinery alone. We need the people of Sarawak to stand up and throw their weight behind this election. Let this be known as an election between the people and Barisan Nasional. Let it be known that in the end, the people will prevail. Ubah!