Banner that read 'No Taib, we want good government'.

BN failure to retain its stronghold Sibu from Pakatan Rakyat (PR-DAP) in yesterday by-election interpretated by political observer as rejection of state leadership and SUPP.

“The Chinese communities have rejected SUPP and fed up with the government unfulfilled promises,” said political analyst Dr. Jeniri Amir of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas).

In an interview over satellite TV Astro Awani on Sunday night, Dr Jeniri said the Chinese communities, no longer want mere rhetoric, but pressing for real change in the state politics.

Dr Jeniri Amir of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.

That desire was clearly manifested in the by-election result and also while the election was progressing – as where there were no visible posters, billboards of the state powerful chief Minister Tan Abdul Taib Mahmud.

“We did survey around Sibu town there were no posters of Taib. Those we saw mostly equate voting for SUPP as voting for Taib, and the other says ‘bye by to Taib dynasty.”

“That show the Chinese are really fed up with Tan Sri Taib leadership which they perceived as corrupt and abuse of power,” he said.