MIRI: The battle strategies have been drawn up clearly in this oil and gas city.
Barisan Nasional and Barisan direct candidates are championing local interests such as defending Sarawak rights within Malaysia and seeking greater autonomy in education and finance.
They want to send out the message about the need to safeguard the interest of Sarawakians, thus a stronger Barisan coalition is required, come May 7.
Opposition parties, especially DAP, are banking on national topics like the Goods and Services Tax and controversies that have made news.
PAS, on its part, is going “very local”. It is trying to secure votes especially from the rural folk by highlighting their social and economic needs.
Miri is a key economic hub for the state and even Malaysia, contributing about 30% of their coffers from revenue from petroleum, timber and plantations, among others.
The campaigning kicked off yesterday with a range of events held in different locations by the rivals.
The DAP leaders hopped onto their Ubah truck and gave a public talk in the Centrepoint commercial centre.
SUPP’s Datuk Lee Kim Shin, the Barisan candidate for Senadin, appeared at numerous functions and meet-the-people sessions.
But the public turnout for events organised by either side was moderate, indicating that Miri folk had yet to warm up to the election mood.
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