Najib gets his "fixed deposit" for PRU13 [or Pakatan Rakyat face-plants on own hype]. That PBB won ALL 35 seats it contested in this election proves that Taib Mahmud is still at the top of his game. At 74 and 30 years in the Chief Minister's seat, he ensured that Sarawak remains Barisan Nasional's "fixed deposit" for the 13th General Election, which the Prime Minister can call for any time from now till 2013.
Some disagreed with my tweet: "Pakatan Rakyat tidak sepakat di Sarawak. That was their undoing, And chances are the squabble for seats will continue into PRU13."
They said PR won seven more seats to bring the tally 55-15-1 (the one seat is won by an Independent candidate).
I reminded them that PR went into the Sarawak election bragging that it was going to strip Taib Mahmud naked and end BN's reign. "Objectif Pakatan ialah "ubah". 15 seats after all the hype are a depressant for change. Clearly, Pakatan need to "ubah" first," I wrote in my tweet.
Take it in whatever spirit you like. For BN, there are lessons to learn. George Chan's defeat is a sobering message from the people, not just about overstaying but about having a firm control of your party. The SUPP chief has been facing problems from within and that is no secret for those who are familiar with Sarawak politics. DAP is only enemy No 2 as far as George Chan is concerned.
This morning, Sarawak awakes to the same Chief Minister who has guided the state to where it is today for the last 3 decades. Taib has promised to step down after the election, and after finding the perfect successor. The Sarawak people have trusted him for 30 years, so they have no reason to doubt him now.
Taib will have to keep his word. No two ways about it.
Whether he leads the state into the next General Election does not matter. The Sarawak people have spoken. That's what matters most.