There was a lot of talk on the recent issue of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (BERSATU) standing in our state election under Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) ticket but as far as we are concerned there is no room for them to do so because the state coalition had already identified its candidates to stand in all the 82 seats.
Speaking as the Vice President of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), I have mentioned to our media friends on April 12 during a press conference held at my office is that in order for a candidate to be endorsed by GPS for the election, he or she must come from one of the four component parties of the coalition namely PBB, Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP).
GPS has already identified its candidates in all 82 seats for the next state election which means that all of these candidates are from GPS. Where BERSATU comes in on this, it’s hard for me to say. When we cross the bridge, we will decide on this.
This issue had surfaced after BERSATU's Supreme Council member, Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin’s statement on April 11, that the Semenanjung-based party will be placing its candidate to stand in the coming 12th Sarawak's election under the GPS ticket.
If there were candidates from BERSATU and GPS contesting in the state election, it may cause confusion among our local voters. If there are dual party members, say one is from Bersatu and one is from GPS, that can be a little bit confusing. They have to make up their mind.
Nevertheless, I have mentioned GPS would address this issue properly because the coalition supports Perikatan Nasional (PN) at the Federal level. PN was established for the sake of stability with the support of GPS. We also hope that PN will reciprocate when we are facing our state election. At present, everybody knows... it’s acknowledged by PN and Bersatu that they support GPS as the government for Sarawak.