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Elections and the current political situation in Sarawak

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BFM Radio interviews Andrew Aeria on the political issues and elections in Sarawak.

Image credits: Taib Mahmud (Wikipedia), Sarawak map (blass.com.au)

With 31 parliamentary seats, Sarawak has traditionally been a stronghold of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition. However opposition gains in the 2011 state elections have challenged the notion that Sarawak is a fixed deposit state for the coalition in the coming 13th General Elections.

For BFM Radio Current Affairs, Kathleen Tan speaks to Associate Professor Dr Andrew Aeria, Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University Malaysia Sarawak on political issues and elections in Sarawak.

Among the topics discussed are:

  • the relationship between the Sarawak state government and the federal government and how this relationship has evolved throughout the years
  • how communal-based politics has been an influence in Sarawak
  • the extent to which the role and responsibilities of the Electoral Commission, such as delineation and proportion of seat size, affect electoral outcomes in the state
  • the voting preferences of the urban vs rural populations in Sarawak
  • the Sarawak people’s perception of the government and level of awareness of institutions such as the Electoral Commission, and if the recent rallies in the Peninsula for free and fair elections have had an influence on their voting preference
  • any developments since the 2011 state elections which may be relevant for the imminent general elections.

Now listen to the interview:

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