Sarawak, Oh Sarawak

HOW true is the news report of Sarawak governor Tun Taib Mahmud meeting newly installed Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir? I think it is true.

What's all those talk they met to discuss Sarawak BN's new political alignment? I think that is also true.

In fact, to put it crudely, I think the meeting was about getting Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and his government coalition partners to leave BN and join PH.

Unfortunately, it appears the initiative does not seem to come from Sarawak's No. 1 politician, the state BN chief and chief minister. That is not good.

In fact, it is bad because the chief minister is supposed to be in control. He should not be made to look like he is getting things pushed down his throat. I mean, if the meeting was what he wanted, well and good, but it never looked like he was in the know.

If indeed the meeting was his idea, why would he declare his government would be an opposition government and that it "would closely monitor all the promises contained in the Pakatan Harapan manifesto for the next five years, particularly those relating to Sarawak"?

After all is said, only Abang Jo knows, which really does not matter. What matters is what will be the political equation if indeed he will be heading to the Astana to answer a purported summon by the governor as widely reported in the social media.

Will Abang Jo and his coalition partners join PH despite rejections from Baru Bian and Chong Chieng Jen?

If he does he will be eating humble pie because Baru Bian said, "The three leaders of Pakatan Harapan Sarawak discussed the matter this evening and we are united in our objection to PBB or any component party of BN Sarawak joining Pakatan Harapan. In anticipation of this matter arising, I had, this afternoon, written to our Party President, Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and the Secretary of Pakatan Harapan, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, to put on record our strong position against the acceptance of any BN parties into Pakatan Harapan."

Chong has this to say: "We have fought so hard against the corrupt regime. And now that we are seeing some light and chances of having the corrupt leaders in Sarawak BN being brought to book and be held accountable for the past corruption and misdeeds done to Sarawak, it will be absurd to allow these Sarawak BN parties to join PH and thereby whitewashing all the corruption that has been committed by them."

In the light of these strong objections, it would not be easy for Abang Jo to convince anyone, including his coalition partners, for whose good his joining PH would be.

To save Sarawak? Or some individuals?