KUCHING, Oct 23: Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) has reiterated that it won’t mind having to wait longer for the State Elections as the party cares for the lives of the people more than holding elections, said PBK president Voon Lee Shan.
Voon in a statement today, said holding an election when the Covid-19 pandemic was still very serious and the failure to taking back oil and gas resources will work against Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
“GPS may hope that votes among opposition parties will be split, but it will not. From sentiments on the ground, Sarawakians, especially in town and cities, prefer local parties over political parties from Malaya.
“The Dayaks are waking up too now. They may take whatever money people can give them but this will not necessarily turn into votes for those who spend money on them,” he said.
Voon noted Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and Democratic Action Party (DAP) may also find it tough due to what he termed to be their unfulfilled promises of getting 20 per cent oil and gas tax for the State during their 22 months in power.
Apart from that, he said a seat won by Malaya is seen a seat taken away from Sarawak and this is seen as taking Sarawak rights away.
He also pointed out that the contest will be against pro-independence parties and against those who want Sarawak stay “colonised” by Malaya.
“PBK has a strong following because it is able to fill all 82 seats to upset GPS and Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) in the coming elections.
“PBK has a secret weapon that will be unleashed at the right time to win elections and this will create a shock in the coming elections,” he added.
He opined that allowing elections during the Covid-19 pandemic will work against GPS, which all opposition parties have to capitalise on.
“This is because it is already in the minds of the people that the government, ministers and assemblymen can come and go but lives lost due to Covid-19 are irreplaceable. No money can buy back a lost life,” he said. — DayakDaily