State PKR may unveil candidates for state polls soon
Posted on June 17, 2013, Monday
GETTING THE FACTS RIGHT: Baru (seated centre), state PKR vice chairman See Chee How (seated second left), Krian assemblyman Ali Biju (seated second right) and other PKR members after the party’s post-mortem meeting yesterday.
KUCHING: Sarawak PKR may announce their candidates for the 11th state election as early as November this year.
Its chief Baru Bian said he was aware that the election might only be called in two or three years time but reasoned that naming their candidates early would enable those picked to lay a strong foundation in their respective constituencies.
“We will meet with Pakatan Rakyat coalition partners soon to agree on the seat allocation,” said its chief Baru Bian after chairing the party’s 13th Parliamentary Election post-mortem at a leading hotel here on Saturday.
The 10th state election was held on April 16, 2011, and the first sitting of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) was held on June 20 that year.
That means the term of the current Dun will only expire on June 19, 2016, but the chief minister has the prerogative to call for an early election.
During the meeting on Saturday, Baru, who is also Ba Kelalan assemblyman, said the party had identified several weak areas, among which was the announcement of candidates in the eleventh hour.
He claimed that the post-mortem showed that PKR was still relevant in the state despite losing 13 of the 14 parliamentary seats it contested in the May 5 general election.
PKR fielded candidates in Petra Jaya, Mambong, Batang Lupar, Sri Aman, Lubok Antu, Betong, Saratok, Julau, Kanowit, Selangau, Hulu Rajang, Baram, Limbang and Miri, but only won Miri through Dr Michael Teo Yu Keng.
Baru said improvements within PKR would be an ongoing process while what had happened in the 13th general election would serve as a catalyst of sorts to motivate and inspire members to bring about political change in the state.