Only GPS parties will contest in all state seats- Abang Johari

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg 

By S. Harrish

GPS will not make way for its allies in Perikatan Nasional to contest in the next Sarawak election.

In dismissing the possibility of this happening, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said as far as Sarawak was concerned, GPS, as the dominant party, would contest in all the 82 seats, reports Borneo Post.

Speaking to the media in Miri today, he said GPS had an understanding on this political arrangement with PN, referring to assurances given in July by PN leaders that they would not contest in the next state polls.

On the Progressive Democratic Party’s call on Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Ali Biju not to defend the Krian state seat in the next state election, Abang Johari stressed that Ali had won the seat on PKR’s ticket in the last polls and had recently joined Bersatu.

Another PN member, PAS, had two weeks ago voiced its intention to contest in the state election due next year.

Sarawak PAS Commissioner Jofri Jaraiee had said the party had identified several state constituencies to contest in the next state election.