With comments by Sarawak Headhunter, as usual, in red.
The latest news is that Anwar Ibrahim has taken over the War General roles for the assault of Sarawak and Sabah. It's good news. So, what're the strategies to capture Sarawak? At the moment its just hoo ha and dinners, nothing concrete. When asked, a PKR supporter said that it is still a big secret. "We have to let them overly over confident and lure them to the state of denial mode", he said. So far it's working. The refusal of the Sarawak Immigration authorities to allow YB Gobalakrishnan to enter Sarawak is self-destructive. A Sarawak assistant minister even had the cheek to say that Gobal’s case is not politically motivated. Who is the assistant minister kidding?
Sarawak Headhunter doesn't know whether this is really good news or not. Obviously, there is no clear leader in PKR Sarawak as yet whom PKR can say will be the Chief Minister when (and if) Pakatan Rakyat wins the next state elections. In fact there is no Pakatan Rakyat yet in Sarawak.
It is also a fact that even PKR (and that also means Anwar Ibrahim) does not know who's who in Sarawak, let alone the whole political scenario, landscape and logistics of Sarawak. This could take some time for them (and him) to figure out. So for the time being, until they (and he) figure it out, it will have to be "hoo ha and dinners", as Borneo Warrior puts it.
So the big secret is probably that PKR doesn't as yet know what it is doing or going to do, and if they have to wait for Anwar to figure it out then they are doomed. By now they should already have a state leader in place who can lead the battle on the ground in Sarawak, not from KL and not even from Kuching.
So far,the so called assault is centred around the Dayak areas only, principally by PKR. There has not been any sign that PAS is moving into the Malay/Melanau/Muslim areas as yet. Similiarly, DAP presence had been seen as minimal, having only Lim Guan Eng, the CM of Penang, presiding over dinner here in Kuching a few weeks ago.
At the moment, PKR is depending only on those Sarawakians who are primarily based in Kuching and who do not have a good rural base, except in their own limited areas. They need a leader who can gather the rural base, which is what Taib has at the moment (but which can also be taken away from him by the right person, who has to be a Sarawakian).
PAS would have rather limited impact in the Malay/Melanau areas.
Anwar taking over PKR Sarawak can be seen as counter-productive, as far as the next state elections are concerned.
The deafening silence in the Malay/Melanau/Muslim areas, the stronghold of the dominant PBB, is worrying, to say the least. Why is Taib, the Chief Minister, also so silent? Taib is so powerful, astute, adriot chess player that he is, and yet, he is the least concerned of what PKR is trying to do in his own backyard. This will definitely arose suspicion. Has there been a deal done by the powers to be from both sides, at the expense of the Dayaks? This sort of deal, which has been strike so cleverly in the past, had left the Dayak leaders in a loss, loss situation and is still felt like a big thorn in the flesh to this day. Will history repeat itself? Remember the Ningkan episode? Remember the Tawi Sli misstep? What about the Ming Court Affair? All these political manoeuvres have left the Dayaks in a terrible lurch, painfully.
Sarawak Headhunter does not really believe in this conspiracy theory. Taib is least concerned at the moment because he has no real challenger just yet. As far as Sarawak Headhunter knows, there is only one Sarawakian who can challenge him head on, even in his own constituency, with a good chance of winning, and also gather the necessary rural base, but that person is still keeping silent (no, he has not been bought off by Taib).
Ideally, the Pakatan partners should move simultaneously and in tandem, to all areas. Nothing of this sort is felt on the ground.
Sarawak Headhunter says again that we cannot depend on Malayans (maybe not even Anwar Ibrahim and PKR) to overthrow Taib and the Sarawak BN. We have to do it ourselves.