KUCHING: “Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) is making the right move. It has the resources and should have done it a long time ago,” said Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) president Munan Laja when commenting on PSB president Wong Soon Koh’s remarks on why the party chose to quit the state
“Since it is a Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) affair, it is not a worrying matter for opposition parties come the next state elections,” he said.
At a “ngiling bidai” Gawai
ceremony organised by PSB Simanggang branch in Sri Aman on Saturday, Wong had said that the freedom to contest many seats ahead of the upcoming state election was one of the reasons why the party chose to quit the state government.
Asked how this could affect SWP in the next state elections, Munan said he hoped the party could work together with PSB.
“If PSB were to contest in all seats, it would be seen as the ‘same enemy’ fighting among themselves for Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), SWP and PSB, isn’t it?” he asked.
Larry Sng left Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), a component of Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, to set up SWP in 2012.
In March this year, some big names decided to leave PRS to join PSB. They were Sri Aman MP Datuk Masir Kujat, former MPs Datuk Joseph Entulu and Datuk William
Nyallau, former Marudi assemblyman Datuk Sylvester Entri. Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) acting president Banyi Beriak also joined PSB.
Meanwhile, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) national vice-president Voon Shiak Ni said the coming state elections would see multi-cornered fights.
She refused to comment on Wong’s statement, adding that it was a GPS matter.
State Reform Party Sarawak (STAR) president Lina Soo said it was a
democratic system, Wong was free to decide what was good for his party.
“Well, STAR will continue to work with any Sarawak based party for the bigger picture,” she added.