Sarawak PAS-GPS pact? No, not yet, says state PAS chief

PAS state commissioner Jofri Jaraiee. (Sarawak Voice Pic)

By Emma Victoria

SARAWAK PAS is willing to work with any parties willing to accept the party’s policies in the next state election, which is due in June next year.

Although PAS and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) support the same leader – Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin – as the 8th prime minister at the national level, they do not have any formal cooperation in Sarawak yet, PAS state commissioner Jofri Jaraiee told The New Sarawak.

“We have not discussed anything yet. But we will continue to contest in the areas where we have the support, regardless if the GPS willing to work with us or not,” he said.

Although the Islamic party lost in all 11 seats it contested in the last state election in 2016, they have been working on the ground to gain support from voters.

The seats are Pantai Damai, Samariang, Muara Tuang, Sadong Jaya, Sebuyau, Beting Maro, Kakus, Jepak, Samalaju, Lambir, and Pujut. These seats are mostly PBB-stronghold.

“We will leave it to the voters for the seats that we do not intend to stand in,” he said.

“If GPS refused to work with us, perhaps, we can discuss the matter (state polls) with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Sarawak. There might be slight changes in seat allocation since Bersatu is still new in Sarawak.

“Anyway, we will look into it further when the state assembly is dissolved,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bersatu Sarawak chairman Jaziri Alkaf A. Suffian who met the prime minister in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, declined to comment further.

He would release a statement or hold a press conference to announce which party or coalition they will work with in the state election.