PKR-PSB alliance dead

Larry Sng

KUCHING: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak has made a stand that it will not wait until the end of the month to pursue the seat negotiations with Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) for the coming 12th state election.

Its chairman Larry Sng said since PSB had taken the hardline position to contest in all 82 state seats in the coming election, then there was no room for the party to consider working with PSB.

“We will not wait until month end to pursue seat negotiations. Effectively, any notion of an alliance between Keadilan and PSB is now dead,” he said in a Facebook post yesterday.

He said the matter was unlikely to change since both parties had been discussing it for months without any resolution.

“Keadilan Sarawak will, therefore, contest in 47 state seats alongside our coalition partners Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).

Earlier, Sng said his party had set an ultimatum on PSB that a deal on the seat allocation arrangement must be secured before the end of the month

This was after PSB decided not to go along with PH Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen’s suggestion of a seat sharing formula of 30 percent for PSB and 70 percent for PH.

In a press conference early last month, Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak announced that they have come to an agreement on the seat allocation, with PKR to contest in 47 seats, DAP — 26 seats, and Amanah — nine seats.

He also said PH Sarawak would work with credible and genuine opposition parties so as to increase the chances of winning.

In a Facebook Live session on Jan 31, Chong proposed a 70:30 percent seat allocation between PH Sarawak components parties and PSB.