MIRI: Will more natives in Sarawak be given the chance to contest in the coming state elections?
As the 12th state election looms, the 82 state constituencies in Sarawak are seeing aspiring candidates promoting themselves in the local papers.
These political aspirants are making public appearances everywhere throughout this vast state, hoping to be seen and noticed by the voters.
In the cities and towns, it seems that Chinese politicians and Malay politicians are the ones in aggressive pre-election mode.
I hope that more native politicians will emerge as potential candidates from among the indigenous groups, like the Dayak and Orang Ulu.
These natives in Sarawak need to look ahead and assess their future in the state’s arena, especially in politics and business.
They need to know where they actually stand in these crucial areas.
Look at the present situation now where Dayak and Orang Ulu state and national representation is concerned.
Where are they as far as politics, business and industries are concerned?
Are they satisfied with their current standing or do they want to achieve more?
Where are these natives compared to other races?
If they are still behind then what are they doing to catch up with the rest?
As we enter into the state election mood that is intensifying in Sarawak, this is the time for the natives to take stock and act.
They must plan how to advance their role in these areas.
It will be good if all indigenous groups from the Dayak and Orang Ulu come together to think about this.
The natives must be more aggressive in fighting for their place in the political, business and social arenas.
The next state election is due in June 2021 but talks are that it will be held by next year.
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