Datuk Idris Buang

KUCHING: Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak will play no role as kingmaker in the state, opined Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) information chief Datuk Idris Buang.

He said for a party to be kingmaker, it has to be acceptable and compatible with competing parties, which the Malayan-based party isn’t.

“DAP has many attributes which are not acceptable to a lot of parties in Sarawak which it showed in the 22 months it was part of the federal government.

 “It did not fight for Sarawak’s interest when the then federal government cancelled, suspended or shelved projects slated for Sarawak including bridges and roads.

“It was also slow at fighting for our Sarawak rights under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63),” Idris said in a statement today.

The Muara Tuang assemblyman said DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng’s negative comment on Sarawak being bankrupt in three years was not acceptable to most Sarawakians.

“In other words, a kingmaker needs to have the right chemistry in order to jive with others. But DAP may not be able to play that role as its political culture is too ingrained with Malayan opposition politics.

“Besides having the necessary number (of seats) after an election, having basic character and principle that is easily acceptable and compatible with the competing parties is crucial,” he said.

Idris cited as an example, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) which joined hands with Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Barisan Nasional (BN) to form the Sabah state government.

“So did GPS in February this year when it joined hands with PN, Umno and PAS to form the federal government, it must be acceptable and compatible in many respects,” he said.