The only reason why Sarawak BN component parties are very strong is because DAP and PKR just don't have good candidates. During the last general election, Sarawak BN nominated piece of plank to contest in most seats. The opposition likewise, also nominate piece of plank.
To the voters, both planks looks the same and since BN is a more popular brand, might as well as they voted for the plank with BN logo. Undilah tunggul kayu chap BN.
Now suppose BN nominated a plank and the opposition parties nominate a strong, vocal and caliber candidate, the election outcome in Sarawak would be reverse. Unlike in Semanjung, where DAP and PKR candidates are very active even before the election, the candidate of DAP and PKR in Sarawak only appear from thin air during the nomination day. Nobody voted for strangers.
Back to the meeting between Badawi and the Sarawak BN leaders from PBB, SUPP, SPDP and PRS. Leaders from SUPP, SPDP and PRS are pure yes man to Taib Mahmud, the president of PBB.
Taib Mahmud in turn fully support Badawi even though Taib hates Badawi face because he wanted Badawi to tie down ACA from probing Taib.
Just like the Musang from Sabah, Taib does have a long, long list of sins and trespasses. The ACA of Sarawak is as lame as the ACA of Sabah. Being a puppet of the Prime Ministers, ACA will only acts upon Badawi instruction.
But to Badawi, even how corrupted Taib or Musa are, they are best kept secret of BN bastion. And so, ACA dogs are not allowed to go near Taib and Musa. Taib and Musa are Joker cards that Badawi will hold tight to in this political game of Malaysia.
Extracted from: bernama.com (Apr 04, 2008)
Sarawak BN Reps Pledge Support For Abdullah's Leadership
KUCHING, April 4 (Bernama) -- Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) elected representatives Friday pledged full support for the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, saying they will continue to serve their constituencies under the BN banner.
The prime minister said the elected representatives, including the 30 BN members of parliament in Sarawak, had made their stand clear.
He said they felt insulted over recent speculations that some of them planned to cross over to the Opposition due to disappointment over their exclusion in the federal administration.
"Yes, I believe the Sarawak BN component parties are very strong and they (elected representatives) are very proud of their achievement and want to serve their constituencies," he told a press conference after meeting Sarawak BN leaders to discuss the current political climate in the state.
Abdullah, who is also BN chairman, held separate meetings with Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who is also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan, who is also Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) president, Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) president Datuk Seri William Mawan and Parti Rakyat Sarawak president Datuk Seri Dr James Masing.
In the March 8 general election, the state BN maintained its billing as the as the BN fortress, delivering 30 of the 31 parliamentary seats.
On the request for better representation of Sarawak MPs in the federal Cabinet based on the four-party state BN's electoral performance, Abdullah said he had taken note of the matter.
"We will see what we can do. The posts have been filled," he said, adding that some of the state BN component parties had been allocated additional posts compared to the previous cabinet.
The two ministers from Sarawak appointed to the federal cabinet are Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas from PBB and and Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Peter Chin from SUPP.
Of the nine deputy ministers from the state, three are from PBB and two each from SUPP, SPDP and PRS.
Abdullah, however, said candidates would be drawn from Umno for the three deputy ministers' posts which had fallen vacant following the resignation of a deputy minister from Sabah.
Kalabakan MP Datuk Seri Panglima Abdul Ghapur Salleh resigned recently as deputy minister of natural resources and environment
Kimanis MP Datuk Anifah Aman and Jerantut MP Datuk Seri Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar declined their deputy ministers post, saying they are "senior enough" to be full ministers as they had served as deputy ministers for two terms.
"I will not say who they are but they will be from the same party (Umno) and the swearing-in ceremony will be held next week," he said.
On the Dewan Rakyat speaker's post, he said, candidates from Sabah and Sarawak may be appointed to the post.
"We have identified some people and are in the process of getting in touch with them and asking them how they feel about it," he said.
On calls, including from his predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, asking him to quit as prime minister to assume responsibility for BN's dismal showing in the general election, he said the BN's mandate was still strong.
"The mandate is still strong by any standards compared to other countries. "Our government can make a strong government. We have to lay out our development plans, identify projects and ensure they are implemented under the Ninth Malaysia Plan with success," he said.
The BN government would ensure the people benefited from the economy and the investments coming in, he added.