Datuk Snowdan Lawan

KUCHING: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) would do well to fight the opposition parties in the next state election as a coalition, said Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Youth chief Datuk Snowdan Lawan.

He said through a ‘consolidated coalition’, PRS and the other component parties could avoid the ‘thorn in the flesh’, which would put a damper to the grand scheme of things.

“We will fight the opposition as a coalition because all the coalition partners have their own grassroots support.

“Ideally, it should be a ‘consolidated coalition’ effort carrying the GPS umbrella, and not fragmented on party basis. This way we will avoid the ‘thorn in the flesh’,” he said in a statement on Sunday.

This came after PRS president and Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing echoed the same sentiment by describing any thorns from within the GPS fold would be akin to munsuh dalam selimut (Iban for enemies from within) on Saturday.

Snowdan said for GPS, its road shows and rallies were well received by the people.

“We don’t just come out when election nears. We are on the ground visiting, monitoring our projects and meeting the people taking note of their agendas and predicaments despite the Covid-19 threats. 

“We are (now) picking up again, and making up for lost times during the pandemic,” he said.

He added, from grassroots feedback, the party knew who the opposition candidates were and their influence on the people.

“We believe our symbol and emblem are clearly known and emplaced in our people’s mind along with the rationale when we opted out from Barisan Nasional (BN).

“Our ‘Sarawak First’ tagline is well accepted and it is a morale booster for the coalition.

“The people at large now know which government of the day is able to assist and deliver development projects to the rakyat,” he said.