There will be three by-elections on the same day with Batang Ai going to the polls along with Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau. Nomination for Batang Ai will be on March 29, 2009. The leadership of PRS meanwhile, will announce their candidate for Batang Ai this week (probably on Friday).

* Mar 14, 2009 - Malcolm Mussen Lamoh selected as Batang Ai candidate

Opposition slams 3-in-1 by-elections as the decision to hold three separate by-elections on the same day showed the Election Commission was biased in favour of the government (BN). This sentiment was charged veteran opposition leader Lim Kit Siang. This clearly is an advantage to the BN as the BN has money, media, machinery to handle 3 simultaneous by-elections.

Pakatan Rakyat (PR) alliance will find it tough going in contesting three by-elections at one go. Pakatan’s resources will be stretched by three polls. The Batang Ai election will be a chance for PR to show its relevance in Sarawak, identified earlier as a new front-line state in the alliance’s quest for federal power.

But PR parties do not have strong machineries in the East Malaysian state and will have to rely on national leaders to campaign in the rural ward.

PR party leaders are, however, being kept busy trying to ensure it can defend the two seats it holds in Perak and Kedah.

On the selection of a PR candidate for Batang Ai, Anwar said the party has identified several active personalities.

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