KUCHING, May 18 — Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said today new tactics employed by the DAP to garner the support of voters cost the BN the Sibu parliamentary seat.
“This time we had a different sort of campaigning on the part of the opposition, and there were many outsiders coming in,” the Sarawak chief minister told reporters after attending the State Legislative Assembly sitting here.
He said the Sarawak BN would formulate a new campaign strategy for the next state election to mount a serious challenge and counter all the baseless allegations brought by the opposition against the state government.
The next state election is due before May next year.
Taib (picture) also denied that the BN lost due to protest votes cast by the Sibu voters to show their displeasure with senior politicians in the state.
On Monday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the BN election machinery was not as creative or energetic as the opposition’s, which resulted in the BN losing the by-election.
Najib said the BN machinery still followed the old way of campaigning.
In the by-election, the DAP’s Wong Hong Leng secured 18,845 votes to win the seat by a 398-vote majority, defeating Robert Lau Hui Yew of the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), who polled 18,447 votes, and independent candidate Narawi Haron, who only managed 232 votes and lost his deposit. — Bernama