Jaziri Alkaf Abdillah Suffian

KUCHING: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Sarawak will give its full support and cooperation to assist the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government in the coming state election, said its chairman Jaziri Alkaf Abdillah Suffian.

He noted that GPS is one of the coalitions under the ruling Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government together with Bersatu.

“In Sarawak’s context, GPS under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is the leading coalition.

“So, Bersatu Sarawak will give its cooperation and commitment to assist the coalition in the coming state election.

“We have no problem in cooperating with GPS and we even want to lend a hand in terms of channelling initiatives that benefit Sarawakians,” he told New Sarawak Tribune and Astro Awani Sarawak in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

Asked whether Bersatu Sarawak will defend their only state seat — Krian — in the state election, Jaziri said the decision will be left for the party’s president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to decide.

The Krian seat is held by Ali Biju who is also the Federal Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources.

“We also do not want overlapping seats. We admit that we are a small party.

“So any decisions made by Muhyiddin and Abang Johari, we will respect it as long as it is for the betterment of Sarawakians.

“Moving forward to the state election, our goal is to serve the people. We do not want to take any risks which can bring negative effects to Sarawakians,” he added.

Bersatu Sarawak was launched in December 2018 and Jaziri was appointed the chairman of the party on Sept 16, 2019.

At present, Bersatu Sarawak has six divisions — Stampin, Santubong, Bintulu, Kota Samarahan, Saratok and Sri Aman.

The party will soon establish two more divisions, namely Kuching and Puncak Borneo.