Sarawak state election, 2006
All 71 seats in the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly
36 seats needed for a majority
The ninth Sarawak state election was held on Saturday, 20 May 2006 with nomination day on Tuesday, 9 May 2006. The election functioned to elect 71 representatives to the Sarawak State Assembly (Dewan Undangan Negeri in Malay). The eighth state assembly was dissolved by Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak, Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng by the advice of Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, on 24 April 2006.
On nomination day, Barisan Nasional won two seats without contest.
This election saw 892,537 voters eligible to cast their ballots.
The previous state election was held in 2001, when the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) won 60 out of 62 seats in the eighth state assembly. The Democratic Action Party won one, while another went to an independent candidate. The eighth state assembly's mandate would expire on 18 November 2006, necessitating the calling of an election beforehand.
Barisan Nasional fielded candidates for all 71 seats:
- 35 seats by United Traditional Bumiputera Party (PBB)
- 19 seats by Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP)
- 9 seats by Sarawak Peoples Party (PRS)
- 8 seats by Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP)
A total of 28 seats was contested by Sarawak National Party (SNAP), followed by People's Justice Party (PKR) (25 seats), Democratic Action Party (DAP) (12 seats), and Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (1 seat). There were 20 independents contesting for 16 seats.
The opposition parties
People's Justice Party (PKR), Sarawak National Party (SNAP) and Malaysian Dayak Congress (MDC) teamed up to form the Sarawak United Front (Malay: Barisan Bersatu Sarawak). MDC, being one of the two parties split from the deregistered Sarawak Dayak People's Party, was newly formed and awaiting for registration approval. So they have to contest under the SNAP ticket.
Although Democratic Action Party and Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party did not join the coalition, they managed to negotiate with the coalition over the contesting of seats so that they could challenge BN one-to-one. Another Sarawak local opposition party, the State Reform Party (STAR), failed the negotiation and decided not to contest in the election.
Results by party
|Enrolled voters||892,537||Votes cast||552,350||Turnout||61.89%|
|Did not vote||340,187||Informal votes||6,959||Informal||1.26%|
|Party||Party leader||# of
|Barisan Nasional||BN||Abdul Taib Mahmud||71||60||60||62||87.32||341,587||62.91|
|Democratic Action Party||DAP||Wong Ho Leng||12||1||1||6||8.45||82,134||15.13|
|Sarawak National Party||SNAP||Edwin Dundang Bugak||29||N/A||N/A||1||1.41||51,459||9.48|
|People's Justice Party||PKR||25||N/A||N/A||1||1.41||47,348||8.72|
|Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party||PAS||1||0||0||0||0.00||1,901||0.35|
Out of 71 seats, only 69 seats saw contests between various candidates. Two seats – namely Daro and Dalat – were won uncontested by candidates from Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu, a component party in Barisan Nasional.
|United Traditional Bumiputera Party||PBB||35||160,331||29.55||35||49.30||+5|
|Sarawak United People's Party||SUPP||19||113,505||20.92||11||15.49||-5|
|Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party||SPDP||8||34,737||6.40||8||11.27||New|
|Sarawak People's Party||PRS||9||33,014||6.08||8||11.27||New|
|Democratic Action Party||DAP||12||82,134||15.14||6||8.45||+5|
|Sarawak National Party||SNAP||29||51,459||9.48||1||1.41||-5|
|People's Justice Party||PKR||25||47,350||8.73||1||1.41||+1|
|Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party||PAS||1||1,901||0.35||0||0.00||0|
|Total votes (voter turnout: 61.89%)||549,603||100.00||71||100.00||+9|
|Did not vote||342,934|
|Voting age population (aged 21 years and above)||'|
- Contested using dacing election symbol on the ballot papers.
List of state assemblymen
|No.||State constituency||Elected state assembly members||Elected party|
|BN 62 | DAP 6 | PKR 1 | SNAP 1 | IND 1|
|N02||Tasik Biru||Peter Nansian Ngusie||BN|
|N03||Tanjung Datu||Adenan Satem||BN|
|N04||Pantai Damai||Abdul Rahman Junaidi||BN|
|N05||Demak Laut||Abg. Abdul Rauf Abg. Zen||BN|
|N06||Tupong||Daud Abdul Rahman||BN|
|N07||Samariang||Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali||BN|
|N08||Satok||Abg. Abd. Rahman Zohari Abg. Openg||BN|
|N09||Padungan||Dominique Ng Kim Ho||PKR|
|N10||Pending||Violet Yong Wui Wui||DAP|
|N11||Batu Lintang||Voon Lee Shan||DAP|
|N12||Kota Sentosa||Chong Chieng Jen||DAP|
|N13||Batu Kawa||Tan Joo Phoi||BN|
|N14||Asajaya||Abd. Karim Rahman Hamzah||BN|
|N15||Muara Tuang||Mohamad Ali Mahmud||BN|
|N17||Tarat||Roland Sagah Wee Inn||BN|
|N18||Tebedu||Michael Manyin Jawong||BN|
|N19||Kedup||Federick Bayoi Manggie||BN|
|N20||Sadong Jaya||Wan Abd. Wahab Wan Sanusi||BN|
|N21||Simunjan||Mohd. Naroden Majais||BN|
|N25||Balai Ringin||Snowdan Lawan||BN|
|N26||Bukit Begunan||Mong Dagang||BN|
|N27||Simanggang||Francis Harden Hollis||BN|
|N29||Batang Air||Dublin Unting2||BN|
|N31||Layar||Alfred Jabu Numpang||BN|
|N32||Bukit Saban||Robert Lawson Chuat Vincent Entering||BN|
|N33||Kalaka||Abdul Wahab Aziz||BN|
|N34||Krian||Peter Nyarok Entrie||BN|
|N36||Semop||Mohd. Asfia Awang Nassar||BN|
|N38||Jemoreng||Abu Seman Jahwie||BN|
|N39||Jepok||David Teng Lung Chi||BN|
|N40||Meradong||Ting Tze Fui||DAP|
|N41||Pakan||William Mawan Ikom||BN|
|N43||Ngemah||Gabriel Adit Demong3||IND|
|N45||Bukit Assek||Wong Ho Leng||DAP|
|N46||Dudong||Soon Choon Teck||BN|
|N47||Bawang Assan||Wong Soon Koh||BN|
|N48||Pelawan||Vincent Goh Chung Siong||BN|
|N49||Nangka||Awg. Bemee Awg. Ali Basah||BN|
|N51||Balingian||Abdul Taib Mahmud||BN|
|N52||Tamin||Joseph Mauh Ikeh||BN|
|N53||Kakus||John Sikie Tayai||BN|
|N54||Pelagus||Larry Sng Wei Shien4||BN|
|N55||Katibas||Ambrose Blikau Enturan||BN|
|N56||Baleh||James Jemut Masing||BN|
|N59||Kidurong||Chiew Chin Sing||DAP|
|N60||Kemena||Stephen Rundi Utom||BN|
|N63||Piasau||George Chan Hong Nam||BN|
|N64||Pujut||Andy Chia Chu Fatt||BN|
|N65||Senadin||Lee Kim Shin||BN|
|N66||Marudi||Sylvester Entrie Muran||BN|
|N67||Telang Usan||Lihan Jok||BN|
|N68||Bukit Kota||Abdul Rahman Ismail||BN|
|N69||Batu Danau||Palu @ Paulus Gumbang||BN|
|N70||Ba'kelalan||Nelson Balang Rining||BN|
|N71||Bukit Sari||Awang Tengah Ali Hassan||BN|
1Johnichal Rayong, who won the N28 Engkilili seat on SNAP ticket, joined SUPP in December 2010, contributed another seat for BN.
2Dublin Unting, the state assemblyman for N29 Batang Ai, died at the Normah Medical Specialist Centre, Kuching on 24 February 2009 after a coma. This resulted in the necessity to call for a by-election. Malcolm Mussen Lamoh later successfully defended the seat for Barisan Nasional.
4Larry Sng, who won the N54 Pelagus seat for BN, was sacked by Sarawak Peoples Party (PRS) in 2007. Although partyless, Sng is regarded as a loyal member of BN by Abdul Taib Mahmud, the chairman of Sarawak BN coalition.
Notes and references
- Polling In Sarawak State Election Completed. (20 May 2006). BERNAMA.
- Background of Sarawak politics. BERNAMA. URL accessed on 20 May 2006
- "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 June 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout, including votes for third parties. Results before 1986 election unavailable.
- SUPP stands united to woo Chinese voters The Star. Accessed on 3 April 2011
- Batang Ai rep Dublin Unting Ingkot dies (updated) The Star
- Gabriel Adit Officially Joins PKR Bernama
- Independent Ngemah Assemblyman Joins Parti Cinta Malaysia Bernama
- Sng: Right candidate will make Pelagus safe seat for BN The Star. Accessed on 3 April 2011
- Partyless Larry Sng is a BN man, says Taib The Star. Accessed on 3 April 2011