Hard times for Labuan as an opposition despite victory

May 10, 2018

Finally, a history has been made by the majority of people across this country by daring to express what lie in their hearts for so long during the polling day on yesterday.

Their supports and votes put Pakatan Harapan (PH) in Putrajaya as the new ruling government for this country in the next five years.

Barisan Nasional’s (BN) grip on power led by Umno for 60 years has come to its end when the 92-year-old former premier, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad led PH to win a stunning victory over BN in the just concluded 14th GE.

By winning 113 out of 222 seats in Parliament for a simple majority, PH will form a government.

For all those wishes for change, today is the day where their long-awaited aspiration has turned into reality – their sweats and pains are finally paid-off.

Anyone those wishing this outcome before, probably, might need somebody to pinch their skins, as they may still in a state of disbelief that PH has won yet celebrating the mass victory with happiness in their hearts.

For Sabah, it is a fierce battle as both BN and PH led by Warisan tied at 29 seats each where it is up to Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan as the king maker from STAR to form the government in the state or any possibility from BN assemblymen to jump ship into Warisan’s camp.

But, it will be difficult for Labuan folks as Labuan parliamentary has become an opposition seat due to the national victory favouring to PH.

Despite Labuan BN’s candidate, Datuk Rozman Isli won for the seat by garnering 10,164 votes with majority 1,450 votes, the result shown that the voters in Labuan aspired for change, as his majority dropped from 12,694 votes with majority of 6,625 votes in the last election.

If combined with the other three opposition parties here in Labuan, the total vote in yesterday’s polling is 11,194 votes.

It will be challenging for Rozman to implement his big plan for Labuan to build the ‘Labuan-Sabah Bridge’ that promised to be completed by year 2023 as seen in the billboard during the campaign located around the bus station at Labuan Central Market.

One of the key persons behind the project was the former minister in the Prime Minister Department, Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan who was in charge of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) has lost in Sepanggar parliamentary seat.

While, the former federal territory minister, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor won the seat for Putrajaya, but the rest of 11 parliamentary seats in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur were captured by PH.

What far more difficult for Rozman to implement the bridge project is – BN is now an opposition coalition in the new era of this country called Malaysia.

It now depends on his wisdom to communicate well with the new Putrajaya administration under PH should he still wish to continue the plan.

A question from the local folks here – Will Rozman be appointed in the next term as the chairman for Labuan Corporation (LC) or someone from PH in Labuan will be appointed for the post?

Another question is – Will the quota for senator in Labuan to be given to somebody from PH in the island?

The new PH government in Putrajaya will answer those questions.

Labuan is expected to face challenges in the next five years for the budget to pour into Labuan and it is a difficult days for Labuan in terms of support to be given from Putrajaya to develop this island further.

The people in Labuan cannot expect too much.

It now depends on the people in Labuan to vote as an opposition in the next election or not for their future betterment.

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