KUCHING, June 27: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice-president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah believed Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PPBM) intention to expand to Sarawak was to split Sarawakians.
The ultimate aim, he added, was to seize control of the state after dividing its people into small factions.
“It (PPBM) just wants to come over to split us into small fractions. It is here to split the Bumiputera. It does not want to see Sarawakians staying united,” Abdul Karim told DayakDaily today.
He opined that Pakatan Harapan (PH) already had Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and Democratic Action Party (DAP) in Sarawak, so there was no necessity for PPBM to come over.
He noted the reason given by PPBM president Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that it would not go to Sabah because Sabah’s ruling party, Parti Warisan Sabah, was supportive of PH.
“But it already has its coalition partners PKR and DAP, which are both very established here. The two parties have a total of 12 seats, so I find it very puzzling why it (PPBM) still wants to come over to Sarawak.
“I question that part. So, I see it as an attempt to split us even further,” said Abdul Karim.
He emphasised that it was thus important for Sarawakians to understand Sarawak’s politics and be aware of the implications should such political manoeuvres from the peninsula materialise.
“We practise democracy, and we can’t stop any party from coming to Sarawak. I just call on Sarawakians to be on the alert and discerning.”
Dr Mahathir recently announced that PPBM was considering entering Sarawak, but not Sabah. He reasoned that the situation in Sarawak was that all the parties were forming their own coalition after leaving Barisan Nasional.
He said since PKR, DAP and Amanah were already in the state, PPBM would also want to join them. The other reason, he said, was due to requests. — DayakDaily