In March 2008, the political tsunami that occurred in Peninsular Malaysia when the opposition broke the national ruling coalition's 50-year two thirds majority in parliament was barely felt by the state of Sarawak. The Sarawak government didn't take part in the national elections as the last state election had been held just two years earlier. It must hold state elections before 2011. A by-election tomorrow in the sleepy constituency of Batang Ai could mark the beginning of a political tsunami for the state of Sarawak and may well have effects beyond to peninsular Malaysia itself, where the Barisan Nasional is in a stiff battle for two other by-elections. All three are regarded as a test of newly installed Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's political power. Najib just last Friday took over from Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.