No room for Bersatu in Sarawak polls, says Minister

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By John Isaac

THERE is no room for Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) to stand in the next State Election under the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) ticket, said Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

He said this was because the state coalition had identified its candidates to stand in all the 82 seats.

He added that in order for a candidate to be endorsed by GPS for the election, he or she must come from one of the four component parties of the coalition namely PBB, Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP).

“GPS has identified its candidates in all 82 seats for the next State Election which means that all of these candidates are from GPS.

“Where Bersatu comes in on this, it’s hard for me to say. When we cross the bridge, we will decide on this,” he told a press conference as reported by Borneo Post.

He was asked to comment on Bersatu Supreme Council member Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin’s statement yesterday where she had said that Bersatu will be placing its candidate to stand in the 12th State election using the GPS ticket.

Abdul Karim, who is Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, said if there were candidates from Bersatu and GPS contesting in the state election, it may cause confusion.

“If there are dual party members, say one is from Bersatu and one is from GPS, that can be a little bit confusing. They have to make up their mind,” he said.

Nevertheless, he said GPS would address this issue properly because the coalition supports Perikatan Nasional (PN) at federal level.