GPS still ironing out overlapping seat claims

Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi (Borneo Post Pic)

By Chew Lip Song

GABUNGAN Parti Sarawak (GPS) is still assessing its list of potential candidates for the upcoming state election to avoid overlapping claims among the coalition’s four component parties.

Coalition secretary-general Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi talks between the parties was ongoing.

“We are going in as GPS – as one party. The component (parties) will sit down together and agree with each other, and we will use one common logo, that is the GPS logo,” he said in a Borneo Post report.

Earlier, Mambong assemblyman is Datuk Dr Jerip Susil had said that he would defend the seat in the upcoming election, widely expected to be held this year.

Dr Jerip was previously with Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) – now a component of GPS.

However, he left SUPP in 2014 to join United People’s Party, which is the former name of Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB).

In July last year, Dr Jerip quit PSB and was accepted into Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) in October that same year.

The SUPP had insisted that it would contest Mambong in the next state election, despite talks about Dr Jerip defending the seat.

Nanta remarked: “At the moment, nobody knows if they’re the candidate or not. Assuming he’s a candidate, of course he will be using the GPS logo. GPS members will use GPS logo. We cannot be using individual party logo.

“We are going in as GPS. Even PBB candidates standing in their respective areas also will be using GPS logo.

“There are some talks, but meetings among members or leaders of (GPS) component parties have been consistent. We talk, and it is an ongoing process.”

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