PSB will not name its CM candidate before state election

By S. Harrish

SARAWAK opposition party Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) said it will only name its Chief Minister candidate if it wins the state polls.

Party president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh said PSB will only decide on the person after consulting its winning representatives, leaders and members after the state election, expected to be held this year, according to a FMT report.

He said PSB will contest 60 to 70 seats out of the total 82, and if it wins 42 seats or more, it can form a new state government to replace GPS.

Wong was responding to social media posts which had backed Ba Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian as the next chief minister if PSB manages to form the new state government. Baru is also the Selangau MP.

“We will cross the bridge when we get there,” Wong said at the launch of the PSB Kuching urban task force.

He said the party was gaining strong support from the Dayak and Malay communities in the rural areas but not in the urban areas.

The task force, led by Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How, will address urban issues, such as education, economy, development and traffic congestion.

“We are not only raising issues faced by the people but will be working with professionals and experts from various areas to conduct studies and provide proposals and solutions,” he said.

Wong said the Kuching task force would focus on southern Sarawak while another two urban task forces will be set up in Sibu and Miri to look into problems in central and northern Sarawak.

The Bawang Assan assemblyman also said he was aware that some quarters had labelled PSB as a Dayak party due to its strong support from the community.

“But we are actually a multiracial party that will work with any like-minded individuals and parties. We are Sarawak-based and it is our duty to fight for the interests of all Sarawakians,” he said.