By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, May 24: Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) plans to contest in all 82 constituencies in the next Sarawak state election, which is due in 2021.
Its president, Yu Chin Liik, told DayakDaily today that his party had identified more than 50 candidates, thus far.
“Whether we can contest in all the 82 constituencies depends on the support of the people. Currently, we already have more than 50 candidates. So, there is a high possibility that we may contest in all the 82 seats during the next state election,” he said.
He believed that the future of Sarawak lay with the Sarawak Legislative Assembly, not Parliament.
He cautioned that if Pakatan Harapan (PH) took over Sarawak, it would not fight for Sarawak’s rights. As for Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), he observed that the ruling state coalition was “doing something, but not enough”.
Yu said for some reasons, “it (GPS) is holding back a lot, and we are worried that eventually, it will make a U-turn.
“We will continue to encourage GPS to do more in terms of fighting for Sarawak’s rights, but we also think that eventually we will be disappointed. So, the last resort to fight for Sarawak’s rights is to do it ourselves.”
He admitted it was a big challenge to achieve and that PBK was only a mosquito party.
“People laugh at us saying that we are a small party. Yes, we also feel small, but since history is showing that Sarawak has a rightful claim to our own sovereignty, we need to overcome all challenges to take over the Sarawak Legislative Assembly.
“How to do it will depend on our wisdom and courage. We aim at it, and we aim for all the 82 seats, and we want people to know about it.
“We will have a manifesto during the Sarawak election, and we will also form a shadow cabinet. That is how determined we are,” said Yu.
Yu revealed that his party was willing to work with any individual or political party that shared PBK’s vision, which is to fight for the rights and the future of all Sarawakians. — DayakDaily