By Emma Victoria
SARAWAK PAS is gearing up for the state and general elections and the party is confident of winning its first seat in the state, considering it is now part of the Perikatan Nasional government.
Its State Commissioner Jofri Jaraiee said the party has identified several seats it is keen to contest in, including some traditional seats.
The party will nominate candidates from various academic backgrounds and community activist, based on the needs of the local community.
His statement contradicts Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Jemut Masing’s earlier claim that PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had agreed for PAS to sit out of the state election.
Jofri said although the Islamic party has never won in Sarawak, party members are still committed to work on the ground to serve people, which saw an increasing support from the grassroots level.
“We even have members from the Iban community. This shows that people in Sarawak are accepting PAS,” he said in a statement today.
“Besides, we managed to gain significant votes in the past elections even without any political cooperation, which goes to show our strength at the grassroots level.
“With PAS as part of the federal government now, we are confident we can strengthen our position and to win in Sarawak,” he added.
However, Jofri said, the party remains “independent” for now and have not discussed possible cooperation with other political parties yet.
“We will further discuss it with our central leaderships if there are any local parties which want to work with us,” he added.