SIBU: Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh wants Sarawakians to vote for a local party in the 15th general election (GE15).
He said that only local parties will really fight for their people without ties or affiliation with outside parties, especially in Peninsular Malaysia.
He predicted that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is likely to form a unity government with UMNO if it wins the election.
Wong noted that Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice president, Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah had issued a statement that GPS could work with any party except the Democratic Action Party (DAP) or Pakatan Harapan (PH).
“They refuse to cooperate with PH. So GPS has two options either to cooperate with Perikatan Nasional (PN) led by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin or Barisan Nasional (BN) led by Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“It seems that PN may not be a good choice after the crisis between them, so the only option for GPS is to work with UMNO,” stressed the Bawang Assan assemblyman at a press conference here yesterday (Nov 11).
Wong said that the people know what would happen to GPS if they join BN in forming the government.
Therefore, he agreed that one vote for GPS is one vote for UMNO.
“Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian also said that GPS will wait until the night of November 19 to decide which coalition they will choose.
“I think this makes no sense because the one who makes the decision is GPS chairman Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.”
Wong responded to a report by a local Chinese-language newspaper that quoted Dr Sim as saying he would have to wait until the election results are known to decide which coalition will work with GPS in forming the next federal government.
He also told that DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke and DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang had also expressed their desire to work with UMNO.
“So, what’s the difference? If Sarawak DAP says that (a vote for GPS is a vote for UMNO), what does that mean, they are the same,” he stressed.
Wong thinks the political situation is chaotic with many parties not sticking to their principles.
“Based on this analysis, the people’s best choice is to vote for a local party based in Sarawak.
“Only then can genuine voices be brought to Parliament and local parties can fight for the rights of the people of Sarawak,” he explained.