2006 Sarawak State Elections: Issues and Electoral Results

Sivamurugan Pandian


Malaysia held the ninth Sarawak state election on May 20, 2006. It has invited various issues such as native customary rights land development, fuel hike and Chief Minister successor issue. Barisan Nasional won 62 of the 71 seats. The result was seen as a shock because BN failed to maintain the big mandate given from the previous election which was 60 of the 62 seats contested. The opposition meanwhile won 9 seats, reflecting new voting attitudes among the voters. This article examines the election issues and their performance in the election. This article also discusses the factors that influenced the voting patterns and the implications in the future. It is drawn from a 14 days fieldwork since nomination day, throughout election campaign period and polling day in May 2006. Key words: Malaysia; State Elections; Voting Patterns; Election Issues; Electoral ResultsRésumé: La Malaisie a tenu la neuvième élection dans l'État de Sarawak le 20 mai 2006. Cela a causé des problèmes divers, tels que les droits coutumiers de l'aménagement des terre, l'augmentation des prix de carburant et les successeurs du ministre en chef. Barisan Nasional a remporté 62 des 71 sièges. Le résultat a été considéré comme un choc, car BN n'a pas réussi à maintenir le grand mandat de l'élection précédente, c'est-à-dire obtenir 60 des 62 sièges à pourvoir. Pendant ce temps, l'opposition a remporté 9 sièges, ce qui reflète les nouvelles attitudes de vote chez les électeurs. Cet article examine les problèmes électoraux et leur performance dans l'élection. Il explique également les facteurs qui ont influencé les habitudes de vote et les implications dans l'avenir. Il est tiré d'un travail de 14 jours sur le terrain depuis le jour de nomination, durant toute la période de campagne électorale et le jour du scrutin en mai 2006.Mots-clés: Malaisie; élections de l'État; habitudes de vote; problèmes électoraux; résultats électoraux

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/j.css.1923669720100605.005


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