KUCHING: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) ruling coalition must contest in all 82 State Legislative Assembly (DUN) seats in the upcoming state election.
This was the view by Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni, who described it as being the only formula amid the confusion that Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) candidates may contest in the polls.
“We must keep on harping that GPS will contest in all 82 DUN seats,” he said on Tuesday (April 13).
When launching the National Community Movement (PKN) Sarawak here recently, federal Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin told the press that Bersatu would be using the GPS banner to field its candidates.
To this, Dr Hazland said while the Krian state seat – held by Deputy Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Ali Biju is under Bersatu, it was only such due to GPS being defeated in the seat.
“So in actual fact, Krian is originally a GPS seat. It must be contested by GPS.”
He also pointed out that the Saratok and Puncak Borneo parliamentary seats under Bersatu, which are currently held by Ali and Datuk Willie Mongin respectively, were originally GPS seats.
“(Our candidates) were defeated. It (the seats) must be contested by GPS.”
On Monday, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice- president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said an elected candidate must be from any of the four component parties in GPS to be endorsed by the coalition.
He said that GPS would contest in all 82 seats, adding that putting Bersatu candidates to the mix would confuse voters.
Abdul Karim’s views were echoed by PBB Youth chief Gerald Rentap Jabu who pointed out that Bersatu was not a member of GPS.
“Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has left it to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in his capacity as GPS chairman to make decision on seat arrangement and candidacy,” Rentap was quoted by a local daily.