BN win Sarawak but with reduced majority
The Barisan Nasional (BN) the ruling party of Malaysia has won the Sarawak state election but with a reduced majority and with losses in important areas of the state.
In total BN won 55 of the 71 state seats a drop of eight seats. The Pakatan Rakyat (PKR) picked up an additional eight seats to take their tally to 15 of the 71 state seats, with one independent winning a seat.
Whilst the result still gives BN their two thirds majority to pass legislation in the state, they will be uncomfortable about the drop in the number of votes they received in a number of seats. This result does not suggest that a general election will be called early as had been speculated.
The election took place on Saturday (16th April 2011).