Datuk Peter Minos

KUCHING: The idea to hold the state and general elections simultaneously makes perfect sense to Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Perikatan Nasional (PN).

Political observer Datuk Peter Minos said in the case of the state election which must be held by June 2021, it would make little difference if it is held as early as November as is widely speculated.

“It would be good if both the state election and general election are held together. That saves money and trouble on the people’s part.

“Ultimately, it is for the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister to decide on the timing of the polls, but both PN and GPS would do well if the elections are held together by November this year,” he said in a statement today.

He was commenting on the statement by Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice-president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, who predicted that a joint state and general election would be held by the end of this year.

Minos opined that the GPS coalition remained the people’s choice and that its oppositions were losing their support base.

“People are deserting Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak especially the Dayaks after losing their confidence in the party and its leadership.

“Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) also has huge troubles at hand with its secretary general being involved in an anti-corruption investigation by the MACC,” he said adding that people would not be kind to the party in the next election.

Minos said for Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB), it was viewed as a party of deserters, hoppers and dissenters.

He said it was crucial that PN gets the people’s mandate as soon as possible as its majority in Parliament was too narrow and could create constant instability and tension.

“Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will always be disturbed by his opponents due to him being in a weak position. The sooner he gets the people’s mandate the better and wiser,” Minos pointed out.