By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, June 24: Sarawak Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Chong Chieng Jen says there is a high possibility that PH will take over the Sarawak government in the looming Sarawak election which must be called by 2021.
His rationale is based on the results of the 14th General Election.
“We won six Bumiputera areas (parliamentary seats) which is 15 state seats. And we won these seats against all odds when all the machinery was under Barisan Nasional,” said Chong during Parti Amanah Negara Sarawak’s Gawai Raya celebration held at Matang Jaya tonight.
PH won Mas Gading, Puncak Borneo, Saratok, Selangau and Julau parliamentary seats.
Mas Gading consists of Opar and Tasik Biru; Puncak Borneo comprises Mambong, Tarat and Serembu; Saratok comprises Kelaka, Krian and Kabong, Julau comprises Meluan and Pakan, while Selangau comprises Tamin and Kakus.
Chong said for the next Sarawak election, there will be “a big diference”.
“We are now the federal government. The PH government does not force the police and the army to support it. We believe in the freedom of choice.”
“We will not restrict their freedom. It will be a fair election, unlike before, where there was no fairness as all agencies were taking sides.
“We have the confidence that we can win the election (Sarawak election),” said Chong who is also Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Deputy Minister.
Meanwhile, Chong also clarified the statement of Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng who said that Sarawak will go bankrupt within three years under Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
He said what Lim was saying was that, if GPS continues to spend on mega projects such as the light rail transit (LRT), aeroplane (a Cessna cargo plane to transport Sarawak’s agricultural produce to Singapore), Coastal Road and Second Trunk Road and telecommunication towers, Sarawak would go bankrupt in three years. — DayakDaily