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By Ashley Sim
KUCHING, July 13: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice president Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah emphasises that the six state elections, which will take place on Aug 12 in Peninsular Malaysia, pose no threat to the Unity Government.
He told reporters this yesterday when met after officiating at the launch of Royal Kuching Cruise at Kuching Waterfront here.
“Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) will continue to support the federal government regardless of the outcome of the state elections in the six states.
“However, we hope that our friends who we support will win,” he said.
On July 11, Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg attended the ‘Unity Government Leadership Consultative Council’ meeting, which was chaired by Prime Minister DatobSeri Anwar Ibrahim at Menara Dato’ Onn, Kuala Lumpur World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
According to Anwar in a Facebook post on July 11, the meeting was held to discuss cooperation and preparations for the upcoming elections in the six states, among other things.
Apart from Anwar, other top leaders of the unity government at the meeting included Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman and United Malays National Organisation (Umno) president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi; GPS chief whip Dato Sri Fadillah Yusof; and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) president Datuk Seri Mohamad Sabu.
Also present were Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor; Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president Dato Sri Tiong King Sing; Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) president Datuk Arthur Joseph Kurup; and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.
Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu, Penang, Selangor, and Negeri Sembilan will go to the polls on Aug 12, with nominations set for July 29 and early voting on Aug 8. — DayakDaily