Barisan Nasional increases hold on Sarawak


After months of finding himself being battered by questions over large sums of money being deposited into his personal accounts, Prime Minister Najib Razak received some good news yesterday.

Just over one million people voted for a new Sarawak State Legislative Assembly on Saturday and Razak’s Barisan Nasional (BN) emerged triumphant. The state on the island of Borneo is the country’s largest and was electing 82 members to the state parliament. The BN won 72 seats on Saturday, an increase of 17 seats over the 2001 election result. The second place Democratic Action Party (DAP) dropped five seats to take just seven seats in the new legislature.

Some local commentators are saying that the large win was due to the popularity of Chief Minister Adenan Satem who has introduced a series of popular reforms in recent years. However, the result will make it harder for critics of the prime minister to attack him over the so called 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.

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