KUCHING: Members of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) are too carried away, believing that most people would support them, says a supreme member of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
Abdul Karim, who is Asajaya assemblyman, however did not deny the possibility that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) would be able to get some seats in the state in the coming general election but this would happen only in urban seats through Democratic Action Party (DAP) and not Parti Keadilan Rakyat.
“What happened during the last state election will be repeated. This is due to problems affecting a BN component party given the task to contest the urban seats and not due to the voters supporting PR,” he said.
In response to a claim by PKR de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that the party’s popularity in the state had reached new heights, Abdul Karim said it was a mistake for Anwar to make that assumption “because most Sarawakians are still true BN supporters”.
State BN Youth chief Datuk Fadillah Yusof also doubted Anwar’s claim that PKR’s popularity in the state had reached new heights.
Fadillah, who is also Petra Jaya MP, however said Anwar was free to say anything he wanted, adding that the people would not be easily swayed by such claim.
He believed that most Sarawakians appreciated what the BN government had done for the state and country for the past 50 years, adding that the people were smart enough to evaluate the opposition leader’s claim.
Anwar told a press conference on Monday that PKR was confident that its popularity in the state had risen in the run up to the general election.
Anwar also said he was confident that PR would be able to win some constituencies from BN come the general election.