DAP and PKR to resolve seven overlapping state seats

Larry Sng

By Emma Victoria

PAKATAN Harapan parties are yet to finalise seat distribution among them in the coming 12th Sarawak state election.

State PKR Chief Larry Sng said there are seven overlapping seats and they are working to resolve it.

“The seats involve four in the urban and three rural areas. Some are Chinese-majority seats while others are Dayak areas,” he said, without elaborating further.

When asked if the overlapping seats included Batu Lintang as DAP Socialist Youth Kuching had wanted to reclaim the right to contest in that state constituency, Sng said it was a non-issue.

“This is not an issue as we will still contest in Batu Lintang as the seat was allocated and won under PKR ticket in the last state election.

In fact, I have met Chong at the Parliament and we have agreed regarding this matter,” he said, referring to Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen.

PKR and DAP swapped Padungan with Batu Lintang in 2011.

Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How won the seat under PKR ticket but he left the party earlier this year and joined Parti Sarawak Bersatu, together with former state PKR chief Baru Bian, who is also the Ba’kelalan assemblyman.

In the last state election, there were six overlapping seats where both DAP and PKR contested after they failed to resolve their conflicts.

These seats were Mulu, Mambong, Murum, Simanggang, Ngemah and Bukit Kitang, which were all won by the Barisan Nasional.

It is learnt that DAP is eyeing 29 seats, most of them in urban areas with a majority of Chinese voters, and some mixed seats.

Meanwhile, PKR will contest in 40 seats while Amanah is expected to contest in 13 seats out of the total 82 state seats in Sarawak.

In the 2016 state polls, DAP only managed to retain seven seats and lost five, namely, Batu Kawah, Repok, Dudong, Meradong and Piasau to BN.

PKR is now left with no seats after three of its assemblymen – Baru, See and Ali Biju (Krian) left the party following the political crisis this year.

However, Sng is confident the party will win more seats in the upcoming Sarawak election.

“PKR is defined by its principles and not those who come and go. We lost three (seats) now but we will win more later,” he said.