I was in Sarawak during the 2011 election. I campaigned for the opposition in Kuching and its surrounding. I helped run a group of volunteers; run is probably an exaggeration but I will use run nonetheless. We were active in several seats but spent most of our time in Batu Kawa, about 10 miles to the […]

As the Malaysian Parliament planned to vote out Singapore from the Malaysian federation, Tunku Abdul Rahman said this in the Dewan Rakyat: …On the other hand, our relationship with Sabah and Sarawak has been excellent. We are desirous of carrying out extensive development programme in these two States, because we realise that under the colonial […]

There is a common denominator to any kind of respectable democratic system. The side with the most votes generally wins. There lies the importance of inclusive politics in a diverse society typical in Malaysia. It is not enough to appeal to only one specific community in a competitive democracy as a whole. There is always […]

The last day of campaigning finished with a bang for the DAP of Pakatan Rakyat in Kuching. It was Superfriday. Internal estimates of the attendance hover over 20,000 persons. The more upbeat hazarded 30,000. Whatever the actual figure was, it was a massive rally, bigger than anything Kuching — either by Barisan Nasional or Pakatan […]

As the polling day looms, life becomes absolutely hectic. This is Tony Pua prepping the crowd on Thursday’s night in Kuching, for the mother of all rallies on Friday. Party workers are calling it the Superfriday. Meanwhile, somewhere else, behind the scene… Ubah!

With SUPP risking a complete wipeout, its political campaign is getting desperate. Right now, the party is making the same mistake as MCA did in 2008. In 2008, fully realizing it was suffering from massive unpopularity, MCA resorted to the politics of race and fear. The Chinese-based party campaigned that if the Chinese did not […]

There is a township in Kuching, Sarawak called Padawan. Now, those who call themselves a Star Wars fan would be excited. Despite the name, there was no lightsaber yesterday. This was in Padawan on the second day of campaigning period in Sarawak. The crowd size in Padawan was much smaller than in other places. They […]

Here, Member of Parliament Tony Pua was speaking to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng before the latter took the stage to address the crowd in Kuching. The CM is a crowd-puller while the MP is one of the minds behind the DAP machinery here. How big was the crowd? The opposition is definitely on […]

Ubah the Hornbill says hi.

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