Awang Azman

KUCHING: A third force as an alternative to both Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak would present more choice to voters.

On Saturday, Parti Aspirasi Rakyat Sarawak (Aspirasi) president Lina Soo said the party was inviting local parties such as Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) and Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) to join forces in the new Sarawak Baru (SB) alliance.

Universiti Malaya (UM) political analyst Assoc Prof Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi said forming the new coalition to unite other parties outside of GPS and PH Sarawak is a good suggestion.

Awang Azman

“With the ‘third force’, at least the other opposition parties would be united for the upcoming state election at the end of the year,” he told New Sarawak Tribune yesterday.

However, he believed that the coalition would not be able to mount a formidable challenge to both GPS and PH Sarawak, at least not yet.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) political analyst Dick Lembang Dugun echoed Awang Azman’s views and believed with the ‘third force’, the other parties would be more organised.

“I agree with Soo that it would give them a better chance to win the battle rather than fight against one another in the face of PH Sarawak and GPS

Dick Lembang Dugun

“Now the question is will PSB and PBK accept the invitation to from the SB alliance? If they are serious about fighting PH and GPS, then they should think about forming an alliance with other parties,” he said when contacted.

Dick also foresaw issues such as seat allocation to every party and choosing winnable candidate if the suggestion materialises.

“They should think about this. Who will be the president of the alliance and what can they offer to Sarawakians?” he asked.