By Emma Victoria
SARAWAK PAS has not been informed by its central leadership that the party will not contest in the upcoming state election, and it will continue to prepare for the polls until directed otherwise.
Its state commissioner Jofri Jaraiee said he is still waiting for the official decision before confirming that the party will not take part the state polls.
“We are still waiting for the official decision and announcement. This can only be confirmed by PAS central leadership,” he said, referring to the Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing’s statement yesterday.
“As of now, Sarawak Pas continues working on the ground as usual,” he told The New Sarawak.
When asked if Sarawak Pas was consulted over the decision, Jofri declined to comment.
Yesterday, Masing said Bersatu and Pas had given an undertaking not to contest the 12th State election, which can be held any time from now, but will support the ruling Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) coalition.
The Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president said the assurance was given by Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang during a two-hour-long meeting of leaders of parties in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) plus GPS alliance in Putrajaya.
In the last state polls in 2016, PAS contested in 11 seats – Samariang, Pantai Damai, Muara Tuang, Sadong Jaya, Sebuyau, Beting Maro, Kakus, Jepak, Samalaju, Lambir and Pujut, but failed to win any.
However, the Islamic party has been working on the ground and preparing for the state polls.