Sarawak PKR does not believe Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) will leave the state BN if they are forced to give up some of their seats to United People’s Party (UPP) and Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) in the coming state election.
“Talk that they will leave the ruling coalition if some of their seats are given to Teras and UPP is mere ‘sandiwara’,” Sarawak PKR vice-chairperson See Chee How (left) said today
“We must be cautious and should not be tricked into believing that they will leave BN,” the Batu Lintang asemblyperson said when asked to comment on speculation that the two parties would leave the coalition if the state BN gives some of their seats to UPP and Teras.
UPP is claiming at least four seats – Bengoh, Opar, Engkilili and Bawang Assan – out of 19 allocated to SUPP. These four seats are held by incumbents from UPP.
Teras, on the other hand, is claiming Tasik Biru, Marudi, Pakan, Bekenu and Batu Danau, which are under the party’s control and it is also interested to contest the Meluan, Krian and Ba’Kelalan seats.
UPP and Teras were formed after bitter quarrels with SUPP and SPDP respectively.
'They cannot win without BN money'
“Do you think they dare to contest against BN? I am not throwing any challenge to them, but I believe they just don’t dare to contest on their own.
“This is because they know that without the BN money and machinery, they cannot win,” See said, pointing out that at the end of the day, SUPP and SPDP would have to toe the BN line.
He said state BN chairperson and Chief Minister Adenan Satem appeared to be very confident of solving the present crisis over seat allocation between SUPP and UPP as well between SPDP and Teras.
“He is also very confident of getting UPP and Teras to be admitted to BN. No one will dare to object.
“That is why Pakatan Rakyat must be very cautious because, at the end of the day, we are going to fight the whole, united and solid BN,” he said, pointing out that the BN machinery and money are their strong points.
“To me, the shouts, the grumblings and the threats by some SUPP and SPDP leaders are mere ‘sandiwara’,” See added.
On the urging by Adenan (right) to Sarawakians to vote for only Sarawak-based parties in the coming election, See said PKR often explains to the people that the leaders of DAP, PKR and PAS in Sarawak are all local people.
“It will be a big mistake if Sarawakians ignore local Pakatan Rakyat leaders as they have done much more than some BN elected leaders. A great number of them (the BN leaders) are still sleeping,” he said.
Even though the BN leaders could be from PBB, PRS, SUPP and SPDP, their big boss was Umno.
“Everyone in Sarawak knows that Umno is the big boss of the BN component parties. It controls PBB and other component parties.
“What are you going to say about Umno?” See asked.