2 men versus 1 women. Who do you think will win? Hehehehehehe.... don't underestimate women power. I am not talking about a word wrestling fight, just Batu Sapi election news that happen around Sabah right now. The by-election will take place on 4 November 2010 with 25,582 voters. It will be contested by Parti Bersatu Sabah Wanita vice-head Datin Linda Tsen Thau Lin, representing the Barisan, SAPP chief Datuk Yong Teck Lee and PKR supreme council member Ansari Abdullah.
The by-election, the first in Sabah and the 13th in the country since the 2008 general election – is being held following the death of incumbent MP Datuk Edmund Chong Ket Wah in a road accident on Oct 9. He had won the seat with a 3,700 vote-majority against Independent Dr Chung Kong Wing. Datin Linda Tsen Thau Lin is the wife of the late Datuk Edmund Chong Ket.
The talk among local political pundits is how the votes of the Muslim bumiputra (comprising 59.02% of the electorate), Chinese (38.06%) and non-Muslim bumiputra (2.69%) will be split among the contesting parties. Umno leaders expect 70% to 80% of the 15,099 Muslim bumiputra and 1,535 postal votes to swing to the Barisan to keep Batu Sapi safe for the coalition. But the 9,737 Chinese votes remain contentious, especially with Yong, a former chief minister, in the fray. The Barisan will need at least 40% of the Chinese votes for a win. The seat, however, will be in the balance if either the SAPP or PKR pull away 80% of the Chinese voters and 30% of the Muslim bumiputra. The remaining 2.91% or 746 non-Muslim bumiputra and others might be a decisive factor if neither of the three contenders gets a clear lead from the Muslims and Chinese.
I never been to the actual Batu Sapi place (The stones that look like a buffalo), located some 20km from downtown Sandakan. But a legend surrounding a unique seaside rock formation that gave the Batu Sapi parliamentary constituency its name may serve as a reminder to the three contenders in the seat’s by-election.
There was once a buffalo and a salt water crocodile who were friends. The buffalo would come to graze near the seaside and chat with his friend, the crocodile. One day, while grazing the buffalo decided to take a walk in the sea. Upon seeing this, the crocodile became offended and accused the buffalo of stepping into his territory. This caused the friends to argue and they failed to realise that the sky had turned dark and clouds had begun to gather. Suddenly, a flash of lightning struck the buffalo and the crocodile and they turned into rock.
Source: Star newspaper
Wish everyone in Batu Sapi (and all Malaysian Politician) will always remember, politic is a place for you to help people. Not a place to gain popularity, fame, wealth and fortune. When the election ended, wish everyone will all become friends again, everyone will be doing their jobs and stop talking about politic all day. Its boring thing when we need to watch our local news only full of politic story.