There are some views that Mafrel should ignore the by-elections in Batang Ai & Pensiangan chiefly on account of the formidable logistic and human power challenges. However this view may not be viewed so kindly from the East Malaysians’ perspective. Aren’t the 2 states considered equally as a Malaysian state in organising observation of by-elections? If anything the remoteness of the 2 possible by elections argue for greater urgency to keep the greater potentials for hanky panky there to be kept under closer scrutiny!
Thus if Mafrel consider itself a Malaysian group rather than a penisular group it should seriously consider how to work with local Sabah & Sarawakian groups to run a proper election observation mission there!
The by-election timetable in Batang Ai will be decided on Tuesday, while the Federal Court has fixed Mar 8th to announce its decision on whether the BN’s appeal against the holding of a by-election in Pensiangan should be upheld. So there is indeed a possibility that all 4 by-elections may be held simultaneously-posing a huge challenge to Mafrel to organise 4 by-election missions at the same time.But there is a 1st time for everything!