Thumbs-up to no-contest

Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah


KUCHING: The decision by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) not to contest in the 12th state election represents a win-win situation, said Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Women chief Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

She welcomed the good news that Bersatu and PAS had given the assurance to Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) that they would not contest in the state election. This showed that mutual understandings between the parties were achieved.

“If we look at the position of these parties, we have GPS here, at the federal level PAS and Bersatu are components of the present Perikatan Nasional (PN) Plus GPS government.

“We can see there is common understanding and indeed will give us a win-win situation during the state election,” she told reporters on Friday.

Fatimah said if Bersatu, which is led by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and PAS, by its president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang decided to let the party contest in the coming state election, then there might be fights between them and GPS.

“But as now the decision has been made where they will not be contesting, and we (GPS) hope that they (Bersatu and PAS) will support us in the election. That is very important (for us to win the state election),” said Fatimah.

On July 2, PRS president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing, in a statement after attending a meeting in Putrajaya, said both Muhyiddin and Hadi had assured that Bersatu and PAS branches in Sarawak would not contest in the coming state election.

Masing said the assurance had cleared the way for GPS to fight the opposition head on. It was also a good sign that PN component parties respect and honours their commitment to assist Sarawak GPS when the 12th state election is called.