By Lian Cheng
SARIKEI, Jan 28: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice-president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah believes that rural voters can clearly tell the difference between the logos of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Barisan Nasional (BN).
Abdul Karim who is also Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister said he was not worried that there may be confusion among rural voters if Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) were to contest under BN.
“We have been going to the ground all the while for the last one year. I believe the rural folks, they know how to differentiate between the ‘dacing’ (the scale, symbol of BN) and the Burung Kenyalang (the Hornbill, symbol of GPS),” said Abdul Karim when met by the media at Repok assemblyman Datuk Seri Huang Tiong Sii’s Chinese New Year Open House at Dewan Sentral Sarikei today.
On the rumours that PSB may be joining BN and contesting under the BN banner in the upcoming Sarawak election which is due in 2021, Abdul Karim held the view that anything can happen in politics.
“In politics, anything can happen. Friends can become enemies, enemies can become friends. So anything is possible.
“If PSB wants to join BN, so be it. As far as we are concerned, we will stand under GPS.
“So anyone who comes in under other logos, we will treat them as opposition,” said the Asajaya assemblyman.
Rumours have been circulating on social media that PSB will soon apply to be part of BN.
The component parties of GPS — PBB, Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) — were previously BN component parties, known as Sarawak BN and contested the 14th General Election under the BN banner, using the scale logo.
Sarawak BN after the 14th General Election declared they were leaving BN and later formed a Sarawakian coalition known as GPS. — DayakDaily