KUCHING: Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem should be given the chance and time to fulfill his vision for Sarawak.
PRS president Tan Sri James Masing said all Sarawakians, even those from the opposition, should support Adenan and give him a chance to prove himself.
“We should give him the leeway to do what he wants to do for Sarawak, with his experience and dedication to what is good for the state. I hope the opposition will support him along those lines.
“Let us help each other across the political divide to do what is good for Sarawak,” he said when commenting on Adenan’s election slogan “Give me a chance” as reported in PBB’s Jiwa Bakti monthly newsletter.
In an interview with the newsletter, the Chief Minister was quoted as saying that he needed several years to achieve his vision for the state and hoped to get a mandate from the people to continue with his mission.
Political analyst Dr Jeniri Amir said the slogan was in line with what Adenan had been doing in his first year in office.
“He’s riding on his popularity based on what he’s done in the last one year. All his statements and policies resonate well with the people. The slogan speaks well of what he’s doing and the people will support him,” he said.
Dr Jeniri opined that Adenan would need a full term to ensure that his policies and plans could materialise.
He said it would not be fair to judge Adenan based on his first year alone, considering that his predecessor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud was in office for 33 years.
However, he also said Adenan’s policies so far as well as the slogan showed that he was stepping out of Taib’s shadow.
“The question that popped up in a lot of Sarawakians’ minds when he took over from Taib last year was whether he could fill those big shoes and get out of his shadow.
“After one year I would say he has tried his best to portray that he is his own man. He’s trying to move forward and to adjust the main policies which were criticised by the people.”
With Adenan at the helm, Dr Jeniri said it made life difficult for the opposition in the coming state election as there were less issues for them to harp on.
He said PBB and PRS would very likely win all their seats, while SUPP and SPDP faced contention over their seats with breakaway parties UPP and Teras respectively.
However, he felt that the opposition still stood a chance in Chinese-majority areas as Chinese voters wanted to see some check and balance in government.
“Adenan doing good things is one thing, but I believe the Chinese still think that there should be some kind of check and balance, which is good for democracy,” he said.
The next state election is due before June next year.