Gasak invites local based parties to join forces for coming state polls

Bobby (second right) showing the new Gasak logo that will be used in the coming state election, with Lina (second left) holding the Aspirasi's eight-point manifesto launched on Thursday (Sept 24), while the others look on.

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KUCHING, Sept 26: The Gabungan Anak Sarawak (Gasak), a newly formed political alliance, calls for the local based political parties in Sarawak to join forces for the coming state election.

According to its president Bobby William, he believed that Gasak is the ‘third force’ in the state, which is an alternative to the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Malaya-based parties.

“Therefore, we extend our invitation to all local parties such as Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK), Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) and also Parti Sedar Rakyat Sarawak (Sedar), that is against Malaya-based parties and GPS to join us, especially for the coming state election.

“Hopefully they will be joining us and fight together with us,” he said in a press conference held at a local hotel, here today.

Meanwhile, Bobby also disclosed that Gasak logo for the coming state election is still pending for approval from the Registrar of Society (ROS) and if approved in time (for the election), it will be used in the ballot paper.

Explaining the motifs of the new logo, Bobby, who is also Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) president, said they have received a lot of feedback from the local community and the public on it.

“Therefore we have enhanced our logo with better features. The rice stalks on the logo symbolised our staple food, which we cannot live without it. It goes the same with Gasak, we are the ‘pejuang’ for Sarawak, and that is what the rice stalks symbolised.

“The green sprout on the logo symbolised a new beginning and we believe that Gasak is one of the best platforms for the new beginning for all local political parties and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to work together to fight for Sarawak.

“The five petals of the ‘Bungai Terung’ symbolised the five organisations in Gasak, namely PBDSB, Aspirasi, Sarawak Workers Party (SWP), and two NGOs which are Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) and Sarawak Independence Alliance (SIA),” he said, adding Gasak will also adopt the Aspirasi’s eight-point manifesto for its candidates in the coming state election.

On another note, Aspirasi president Lina Soo said that if the Gasak official logo is not approved on time, the Aspirasi logo would be used for its candidates in Kuching and Bidayuh areas.

“We will be using the Rajah Brooke butterfly logo (Aspirasi logo). We have been going around with this butterfly logo where it has received good response from the public and it is also very easy to identify,” she said. –DayakDaily.