It looks like 1Malaysia was rejected in Sibu. It was a 2nd loss for BN in Sibu [P212] as DAP‘s Wong Ho Leng defeated Robert Lau Hui Yew [Jr.], who happens to be the son of the late Deputy Transport Minister [I] Robert Lau Hoi Chew [Sr.] who held the seat for 5 terms. For the figures, Wong got 18,845 votes with a majority of 398 votes. While Lau from SUPP, an alliance party under BN obtained 18,447 votes. Independent candidate, Narawi Haron had only 232 votes.
Why did BN lose in Sibu? It lies on a couple of factors. According to a political analyst at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), voters’ displeasure was to be blamed for BN’s defeat. The second one, is the lack of creativity in campaigning. Finally, there was a squabble within the contesting party.
So, with Najib & Co humilated by 1st loss under his banner and second after Kuala Terengganu in 2008, they should now find new methods for recapturing Sibu parliamentary seat in the next general election. Will BN dethrone Bukit Assek state legislative assembly seat, which is also being held by Wong in the upcoming state legislative assembly election? Back to peninsula, will it be able to recapture Kedah should its MB, Datuk Seri Azizan Abd Razak call for a snap election?