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KUCHING, June 25: Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) feels it is time for a change of government in the next Sarawak election, which is due in 2021.
Its president, Bobby William, said Sarawakians should give parties such as PBDSB, State Reform Party (STAR), Sarawak Workers Party (SWP), Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) and other local opposition parties a chance to administer the state.
Commenting on Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s statement that Sarawak would go belly up in three years time if it continued to be ruled by Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), William said it was very obvious from the Pakatan Harapan (PH) and GPS spat that they were aiming for political mileage for their own selfish aims. The well-being of Sarawakians is not their main concern, he opined.
“If the federal government can be replaced, why can’t the state government of Sarawak? It has been more than 55 years that the current GPS (previously Barisan Nasional (BN) Sarawak) had been given the mandate to turn the tides for Sarawak.
“Many feel it is time to change the government,” he said in a statement today.
Based on the political posturings of both GPS and PH, Bobby reckoned the best bet for Sarawakians is to vote for local opposition parties.
On Lim’s bankruptcy statement, Bobby said Lim, as a Finance Minister, should not be making such a statement as it carried broad ramifications.
Turning to GPS, he said although the state government claimed that it had always been a disciplined and responsible government, the eKasih poverty statistics as at March 15, 2019, showed that the total overall poverty in Sarawak is 122,727 people, one of the highest in the country, behind Kelantan and Sabah.
He said GPS had undertaken various plans to make things better for the people since the last general election in 2018, but it begs the question why they did not take the extra initiatives to do all that was needed when they were with BN.
Bobby said if PH believed they are unable to cooperate with GPS, they could lend their support to local opposition parties to oust GPS.
“We, as Sarawakians, will have to find any means necessary to ensure justice, equality and fairness for our Fairland Sarawak, even if it means Sarawak will have to exit Malaysia. Any country will go bankrupt if its leaders are corrupt,” he opined. — DayakDaily