GPS candidates list not 100 percent final: Nanta

Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi

KUCHING: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak’s (GPS) list of candidates for the 12th state election is generally ready, but not yet 100 percent finalised, said its secretary-general Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi.

He said that normally there would be last minute changes to the list depending on the situation.

“Overall, most of the incumbents will be retained. Some new faces will take over those who are of old age or have been there for too long.

“This is to give way to the younger people who are more talented, more knowledgeable in information technology (IT) and other things,” he said in an interview yesterday.

Nanta, who is also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) secretary-general said that looking at past elections be it the state or general election, any party that introduces young faces had succeeded in winning.

“So, GPS needs to follow this trend. And for PBB, we will be fielding some new candidates.

“Fielding new and younger candidates is very important because it is a long-term process and can guarantee the continuity of the party.

“After one or two terms, they will be more mature and experienced. Then, we will be able to appoint them as our main leaders in the future,” he said.

Asked whether Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) had submitted their list of candidates, Nanta said: “Most of the list is already there. But there will be fine tuning.”

New Sarawak Tribune reported on Oct 21 that PBB had already finalised its list of candidates for the upcoming state election.

Meanwhile Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) recently said that the party would be fielding all its incumbent assemblymen.