BN retains two-thirds majority but Sarawak?s fixed deposit shattered
By Jahabar Sadiq
April 16, 2011
KUCHING, April 16 ? The Barisan Nasional (BN) has managed to keep its two-thirds legislative majority in Sarawak but today?s results have shattered the coalition?s invincibility and the notion of a fixed deposit in future elections.
The DAP doubled its presence to 12 and PKR tripled its representation although the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lynchpin had contested in 49 seats. PAS lost in all five seats it contested while Independent George Lagong gained one seat.
The number of state seats to the Opposition pact will spell danger for BN as it could help them win more parliamentary seats when the general election is called by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. PR now has 75 MPs but the Sarawak win could translate into more in the future.