Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Batang Ai By-Election

Our time is now. The upcoming Batang Ai state by-election will see a new battleground for PKR, but a most familiar terrain for PKR Lubok Antu divison pro tem chairman Nicholas Bawin.

Batang Ai is one of the state seats in the Lubok Antu parliamentary constituency. About 95% of the electorate in Batang Ai is Iban, most of them farmers.

Bawin, a former Sarawak National Party (SNAP) vice-president, has contested twice in Batang Ai. In the last state elections in 2006, he secured 2,489 votes, losing to Unting by 806 votes in a straight fight.

Bawin stood as an independent in Lubok Antu in last year’s general election, obtaining 5,159 votes but lost to Barisan’s William Nyallau, who polled 6,769 votes.

Bawin, who hails from the Nanga Tutong longhouse in Batang Ai, is the most qualified person to lead the people Batang Ai and to bring about the overdue change of government in Sarawak.

Screenshot of The Star Online

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