Abang Jo unperturbed by “ally” PAS’ plans to contest in state polls

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg (Facebook Pic)

By Chew Lip Song

CHIEF Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg today said he’s unfazed by PAS wanting to contest in the upcoming Sarawak elections.

Saying that Malaysia is a democratic country, Abang Johari who will lead the ruling Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to defend his government in the polls added the party could field anyone.

“It’s up to them. Election is still a long way away,” said Abang Johari in a Borneo Post report.

Yesterday, Sarawak PAS Commissioner Jofri Jaraiee said that his party had identified several state and federal seats to contest in the next state election.

Jofri’s statement contradicted the assurance by PAS national leaders that the party would stay out of the Sarawak election, due middle of 2021 but expected to be called anytime now.

At the federal level, PAS and GPS are part of the Perikatan Nasional government led by PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

During a recent PN meeting, PAS is said to have given an undertaking that it would not contest in the upcoming polls. This was confirmed by Deputy CM Tan Sri James Masing.


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