Abdul Karim: GPS deliberates on ‘shared’ electoral seats with Bersatu; no outcome yet

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

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By Nur Ashikin Louis

KOTA SAMARAHAN, July 3: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) has been deliberating on the ‘shared’ election seats behind the scenes where their partner Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) is concerned.

In disclosing this, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the GPS supreme council which comprised of the presidents of all the component parties have yet to determine the matter.

“Of course there will be some seats which will be an issue in the coming Sarawak State Election. For example, the Mambong constituency used to be contested by Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) but now the elected representative (Datuk Dr Jerip Susil) is a PBB member.

“Seats like Krian, whereby it was won by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) but the elected representative (Datuk Ali Biju) has already jumped to Bersatu.

“How are we going to address this? However, I would not be able to answer that part. Therefore we will leave it to the presidents of the component parties and also Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who is the chairman of GPS,” he said in a press conference after officiating the Ziarah Belia@Asajaya 2021 programme held at Asajaya District Office here today.

Abdul Karim however assured that the GPS will know how to address the problem.

“So far, we have been able to address such problems in every election,” he added.

In Sarawak, Bersatu has one constituency seat – Krian which is held by Datuk Ali Biju who is also the Federal Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources.

Ali is also an MP for Saratok alongside state Bersatu member Datuk Willie Mongin who is the incumbent MP for Puncak Borneo. Willie is the Second Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities. — DayakDaily