Bersatu to set up Sarawak committee in due time

Bersatu chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (centre) greet supporters as he leaves the venue after the launching.

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By Karen Bong

BINTULU, Dec 1: The state committee of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) in Sarawak will be formed in due time, said deputy president Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof.

Speaking to reporters after the official launch of the party in Sarawak on Saturday evening, he said various issues including key focus areas have been discussed and agreed among partners of Pakatan Harapan.

He added that coalition members – Bersatu, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and Democratic Action Party (DAP), were waiting for the Pakatan’s Presidential Council meeting to discuss the setting up of Bersatu in Sarawak.

“I am not a local, so we are here to observe the party’s development in Sarawak and to identify leaders who want to pursue our struggle under one platform of ‘bersatu-padu’ (solidarity),” he said after the launch held at the civic centre here.

Mohd Redzuan gave assurance that he would step aside and make way for local leaders to helm Bersatu Sarawak, as soon as everything is in place.

The Entrepreneur Development Minister explained that he was just coordinating the launching of the party in Sarawak.

“We will choose the state leaders to help set up the party’s divisions and branches but upon agreement by our partners in Pakatan. We will discuss which areas to put our focus and the numbers of divisions and branches to be set up,” he added.

The most important matter that needed to be addressed is the membership drive to reach a critical mass, as well as come into agreeable terms with member parties in Pakatan to be better prepared to face the next state election come 2021, he continued

On the status of membership drive in Sarawak thus far, Mohd Redzuan expressed confidence that the numbers could reach up to 30,000.

“The membership drive in two months is better than what we anticipated and we are confident it can reach 30,000.

“This is due to the registration process that involved strict screening before key-in into our central database, which is undergoing improvement. All memberships in Sarawak are most likely to be approved,” he said. — DayakDaily