By Ling Hui
KUCHING, Nov 28: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg thanks Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and Barisan Nasional (BN) for steering clear of the 12th Sarawak State Election (PRN12).
“I say ‘thank you’ to Muhyiddin (Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin) who has announced that Bersatu will not contest in Sarawak polls. Same goes to Annuar (Tan Sri Annuar Musa) who said BN will not be contesting too,” he said.
Lauding the good spirit portrayed by both parties, Abang Johari expressed gratitude on behalf of Sarawak for having understanding partners at the federal level.
“I’m confident that they understand Sarawak politics, which is to let Sarawakians decide what will happen in Sarawak,” he told reporters during a ‘Leaders with the People’ event at Sungai Asap, Belaga here today.
Following the Johor Bersatu meeting yesterday (Nov 27), Bersatu president Muhyiddin said that the party will not be fielding any candidates in PRN12 to honour the decision by GPS although Bersatu is confident it could pocket some seats.
Muhyiddin said his party would make way and support GPS to ensure GPS obtains a majority to form the State government.
BN’s former secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa also, on the same day, revealed BN’s intention of not participating in the Sarawak elections to respect the spirit of cooperation between BN and GPS.
Meanwhile, when asked for comments on Pakatan Harapan (PH)’s component parties decision to contest in the Sarawak polls using their own logos, Abang Johari simply said: “That’s their business, not my business”.
Sarawak PH chairman Chong Chieng Jen had on Nov 25, announced that Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) will be contesting in 47, 26 and nine seats, respectively, under their respective party logos. — DayakDaily