Datuk Idris Buang

KUCHING: The image of Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) which tries to promote itself as an alternative to voters was tarnished due to its ties with Pakatan Harapan (PH).

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) information chief Datuk Idris Buang said PSB’s move to accept former PH members such as Selangau MP Baru Bian and Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How and their set of supporters had backfired and was now ‘a burden’ to the party.

“PSB has been adulterated by accommodating people who are formerly in PH such as Baru Bian and See Chee How. They were in the government for 22 months and a lot of Sarawak interests have been sidelined.

“Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) had to fight for the state’s interests and with Baru being a minister there (in PH federal government), he should have known better what Sarawak interests are but instead, many projects (for Sarawak) were cancelled.

“So, I don’t think he has the right experience to bring to PSB, the party will have him and all the people who are formerly of PH as a burden,” Idris said.

On political parties and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that were promoting secessionist movement to voters, the Muara Tuang assemblyman described their activities as ‘regressive’.

“There are NGOs especially on social media calling themselves S4S (Sarawak for Sarawakians), they are bringing Sarawakians with their activities to an era of regression rather than moving forward.

“We have to ask ourselves, had we not been in Malaysia, we would be part of a province of Indonesia, there is no doubt about it and Sabah would be part of the Philippines and that would not be good for stability in the area.

“We are blessed to be part of Malaysia and there are a lot of developments but not as much as we wanted because we have challenges, both demographic and geographical,” he said.

Idris said regardless, GPS would continue to fight for the state’s rights on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) without fear or favour, adding that with GPS being independent from parties in Malaya, it would aid them in their endeavour.