From now onwards The Broken Shield will daily update its readers on news regarding the by-election in Batang Ai.
1. No split in PKR
Deputy Chairman of PKR Batang Ai Division Maling Anak Luna today denied there is split in PKR following the selection of Jawah Gerang as the candidate for the Batang Ai by-election. No doubt various groups in PKR have lobbied for their favourite son to be selected as a candidate as PKR has a free election process to select a candidate. Some have supported Nicholas Bawin and others Jawah Gerang.
He said: “Since Jawah has been selected, Maling called on members and supporters of PKR to be united and give their support to Jawah. “This is because the enemy is not anyone or anybody inside the party. The real enemy is the BN – the cause of the miseries and problems of the people.
2. Mussen teamed with PBB
Reports reaching Kuching today alleged that Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and its candidate PRS operations room was still in disarray. When Dublin Unting was still in coma for nine months, his service centre had been neglected. The PBB operations room is under the general command of “General” Alfred Jabu anak Numpang, who is deputy president of PBB.
3. New names for Jawah and Mussen
James Masing and his men have smsed a number of people naming the PKR candidate as Jawah Sng anak Gerang. They thought that Sng Chee Hua was behind Jawah’s candidacy. In return, the PKR has alleged that Malcolm Mussen is a PBB man wearing the PRS shirt. They have named him as Malcolm Mussem Jabu anak Lamoh.
4. Linang another independent candidate?
Linang Merujun is said to have performed a “miring” ceremony in his longhouse Sebangki. The reason is unknown. Could he perform the “miring”in order to seek blessing from gods in order to contest as an independent candidate in the coming by-election?
5. Is he serious to contest?
Johnny Chuat of Iban magazine Pegari is seriously thinking of contesting in the by-election as he believes he has the support of about 800 voters from his longhouse and those nearby.
6. Tuai Rumah held
News from Lubok Antu said that several Tuai Rumah from Batang Ai are now being held at the Hilton Hotel, Batang Ai as “hostages”. Each of the Tuai Rumah is said to have been given RM1,000 and given free food and lodging. How nice? No wonder so many want to become Tuai Rumah.
7. Sandau ari for Jawah
Jawah Gerang, the PKR candidate tonight is performing a “Sandau Ari” (a kind of thanksgiving) at his longhouse at Sayat.
More to come…stay tune. – www.thebrokenshield.blogspot.com