Priority to ensure GPS wins big

KUCHING: Would allowing Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) to contest in one or two state seats in the 12th State Election increase the chance of state ruling coalition Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to win big?

Bersatu Sarawak chairman Jaziri Alkaf A. Suffian said the party respected GPS’ stand to contest in all 82 state seats in the coming state election.

He added that Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had said Perikatan Nasional (PN), which Bersatu is a part of, would work with GPS to ensure a landslide victory.

“GPS has stated, again and again, they will contest in all 82 seats. That is natural. We respect that, there is no problem,” he said on Tuesday (April 6).

“But personally, let’s hear what the people want and need. What if we can contribute one or two seats, which would boost the state government’s strength. If we can do that, wouldn’t it be better for GPS?”

Acknowledging that Bersatu’s presence in Sarawak was small – it currently has over 45,000 members – Jaziri said: “We want to make sure that our relationship (between PN and GPS) is harmonious because we are in the same boat.”

When asked whether or not Bersatu be given a chance to contest in the state polls, Jaziri said that was not the focus of the party now.

“The focus now is how we can make changes on the ground, if those changes can help GPS, then we offer our full support.

“But of course, Krian is held by Datuk Ali Biju, and normally the incumbent for the seat, we do not want to disturb. Hopefully, GPS or PN will agree to this.”

Jaziri, who is also PN Sarawak chairman, said the decision would be between Muhyiddin and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“We in PN, we believe in the politics of service. And the focus now is not about which candidate or which seat to contest in. The focus now is on how we can make changes on the ground.”

He added: “We have a lot of issues that need to be given attention to. For Sarawak, among the priority is the development of our young people, to make sure they are equipped with the knowledge and the right skills.”

“All of us must play our role in making sure that in the next one to 10 years, Sarawak would still be the best region in Malaysia. Sarawak is an untapped potential and we really cannot afford to be left behind.”

Jaziri said Sarawak PN was ready to assist GPS to win big in the state polls.

“We are here to assist him and told him not to worry.

“But if our federal counterparts want to come now especially with this Covid-19, I would not agree to that. We do not want the same thing that happened in Sabah. I don’t want to be responsible for that.”

He added that Sarawak Bersatu’s committee and members were 100 per cent Sarawakians comprising various races.