Following the recent Melaka state election, Sarawak will experience similar political contestations on 18th December 2021. This state election, which is the third to be held during the pandemic, entails 349 candidates vying for 82 seats in Malaysia’s biggest state assembly. Notably, Sarawak will experience an eight-cornered contestation in Dudong constituency, the largest multi-cornered contest in the election. However, outcomes in Melaka are unlikely to provide any indications of how the state election in Sarawak will pan out. This is primarily due to Sarawak possessing a different political landscape than Peninsular Malaysia. In Sarawak, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) has remained the leading political party. Additionally, a new opposition party, Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB), is fielding political heavyweights which may challenge peninsular-based opposition coalition, Pakatan Harapan (PH). Nevertheless, the upcoming state election is still drawing considerable interest as it will provide insights on how the political crisis in peninsular Malaysia have impacted voter preferences in the state.
In this webinar, Dr. Arnold Puyok and Mohd. Shazani Masri will discuss the possibility of winds of change to arise from this state election, electoral concerns, and issues on the ground.
Date: Friday, 17 December 2021
Time: 03.00pm – 04.30pm
Speakers: Dr. Arnold Puyok (UNIMAS) and Mohd. Shazani Masri (ISTAC)
Moderator: Dr. Syaza Shukri