PBK unlikely to make headway with its plans to go solo


PARTI Bumi Kenyalang’s (PBK) plans to go solo in the upcoming Sarawak polls may flop, says political analysts. Registered in 2013, the party recently announced plans to contest in all 82 state seats but it is unlikely to make significant impact in the elections.

Universiti Putra Malaysia analyst Jayum Jawan said PBK was not a viable party in the state as its leaders were not known among the local community.

He said that in the urban areas, the party would have to go up against DAP, which has been well-received among the Chinese who are majority voters there.

“It is also unlikely that PBK can win any seats in the semi-urban or rural seats where the majority voters are Dayak. The party does not have credible Dayak personalities or leaders,” he said in a FMT report.

“It will be great if candidates from this new party, led by relatively unknown personalities, can even keep their election deposits,” he said.

“The party cannot compete with GPS, the ruling government, or even with another local opposition party, the Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB), which has some established leaders,” he added.

PBK president Voon Lee Shan, a former DAP assemblyman, claimed his party could create many upsets in rural seats.

Another analyst, James Chin of the University of Tasmania’s Asia Institute, said it was quite impossible for PBK to win any seats, especially in the urban areas.

“The urban areas are still dominated by DAP and SUPP. Hence, any other small parties don’t stand a chance.

“In fact, by deciding to contest in the urban seats, PBK could be doing a flavour to SUPP, a component party of GPS – as they may help split opposition votes or reduce DAP’s majority,” he said.

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