The clout of racial politics in Malaysia is getting more prominent. Much as we wish to shake it off and put on a gown of politics along non-racial line, it is just not practical in the present circumstances. In the foreseeable future, Malaysia has no prospects of walking out of the present politics on races.
Looking at the National Front, all the component parties are race-based. From UMNO, MCA, MIC to SUPP, the nuclei of the parties' struggle are on the bases of the respective racial groups' interests. Although certain parties are branded multi-racial, in essence they represent the groups that they are based on. For example, constitutionally SUPP is multi-racial, but it actual fact, it is primarily a Chinese-based party.
P212 Sibu cinstituency is a hotly contested seat, with Datuk Robert Lau, YB Wong Ho Leng and Robert Lim in a three-cornered fight.