KUCHING, Sept 11: Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) president Voon Lee Shan has claimed that the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is in favour of both state (PRN12) and general election (GE15) to be held simultaneously.
According to Voon, this preference is to ensure all 31 MP seats allocated to Sarawak will be returned to Malaya.
“GPS in return needs big guns from Malaya to help them in their campaign for PRN12 because GPS has no confidence to win all 31 MP seats for Malaya and no confidence to be returned as Sarawak government if PRN12 and GE15 are not held simultaneously,” he said in a statement here today.
He reiterated that in the past, BN represented by current GPS leaders were able to help Malaya retained most MP seats allocated to Sarawak for Malaya.
“Perhaps GPS leaders may think that if GE15 is held independently from PRN12, local political parties not aligned to GPS will create great impact and will be able to capture MP seats in Sarawak. This will defeat the plan of leaders of GPS to deliver all 31 MP seats allotted to Sarawak for Malaya. The sentiment is that a vote for GPS is a vote for Malaya
“If GPS thinks local political parties led by PBK will be weak if PN12 and GE15 are be held at the same time, they could be wrong
“If this is the thinking of leaders in GPS, they will be surprised that local political parties not aligned to GPS will able to destroy them,” said Voon.
According to him, ground sentiment was now more than anti federal as Sarawakians do not want Sarawak to be federated with Malaya anymore.
“The sentiment on the ground now is anti-Malaya, not only anti-federal. Sarawakians are increasing in numbers now wanting to set Sarawak free and independent from Malaya because Sarawakians now know Malaysia is Malaya and Malaya is Malaysia.
“It is not now seen as a federation of Sabah, Sarawak and Malaya but Malaya is seen as having “colonised” Sarawak and Sabah to be part of Malaya. GPS leaders now is aware of this,” Voon claimed.
He reiterated that local political parties led by PBK will create a wave in Sarawak politics and GPS should not discount the possibility of PBK taking over the Sarawak government in the coming PRN12.
“The warm support on the ground is for PBK only because a vote for GPS is now seen as a vote for Malaya.
“At the same time, voters are worried that a vote for Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) is seen as a vote for GPS because PSB ( formerly UPP) was said to be formed upon the blessings of Chief Minister,” added Voon.-DayakDaily