Baru: State leadership council to focus on next state polls
Updated: Sunday February 16, 2014 MYT 2:21:10 PM
KUCHING: Pakatan Rakyat has formed a Sarawak Leadership Council, comprising five members from PKR, DAP and PAS.
Its chief Baru Bian said the council’s priority would be on preparing for the next state elections due in 2016.
“The council will decide on seat allocation and candidates. All three Pakatan parties will furnish one another a list of seats and candidates. This will be done in a month’s time,” Baru, who is also Sarawak PKR chairman, told reporters here.
With its helm to be rotated among party chiefs, Baru said the council had decided that only its members could make public statements on election matters.
Meanwhile, state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said applications by political parties to join Pakatan at state level would be brought to the council. Asked about SWP possible involvement in this regard, he remained circumspect.
“You’ll have to ask SWP for now. We will not answer hypothetical questions until there is a formal request,” Chong said.
On Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud stepping down as Chief Minister, Baru said Pakatan would look beyond Taib or his successor Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
“We are fighting against a political system. The bottom line are policies, not personalities,” Baru said.
For Chong, it was not about Taib per se, but on the entire working of Barisan.
“I think voters are mature to know that even with a change in leadership, the system remains. The urban votes, especially, still stay with Pakatan.”
On Friday at Adenan’s first press conference following the announcement of him taking over Taib, the PBB information chief said he would not make abrupt changes to current policies.
“There is an English saying: ‘If you are on to something good, you stick to it’. I think we are on to something good; so why should we change, especially in mid-term?” Adenan told reporters at Yayasan Sarawak headquarters in Petra Jaya near here.
On the Opposition, Adenan replied: “I expect them to be critical of the Government and in return, I will be critical of them. I have always tried to be civil and courteous to the Opposition (and) I think they have reciprocated. I think there is mutual respect.”