KUCHING: SNAP will be the ‘dogs’ of DAP if they agree to merge with the latter, said chief political secretary to the chief minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
Abdul Karim, also Asajaya assemblyman, said when DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang proposed the idea for SNAP and DAP to merge, his (Lim’s) aim was to counter the public perception that DAP is a Chinese party, and not a genuine plan to merge.
SNAP used to be part of the state BN but in the just-concluded state election, its uphill battle to regain relevancy in Sarawak failed when 25 out of its 26 candidates including president Edwin Dundang Bugak lost their deposits.
Abdul Karim said when Lim proposed the idea, he wanted to tell people that DAP needed the support of the Dayak majority in order to strengthen its aim to topple the state BN through the control of rural seats.
DAP managed to secure urban seats, judging from its successful outing in the last state polls where it won all Chinese-majority seats in Kuching, Bintangor and Sarikei although failing to capture one each of such seats in Sibu and Miri.
“It (SNAP-DAP proposed merger) would only be a marriage for the benefit of DAP. At the moment, the marriage is impossible,” he said when asked to comment on the idea.
“I still believe SNAP leaders would not want to be played out by DAP,” he said.