Sarawak Baru eyeing all seats in 12th state polls, says STAR leader

Lina Soo

KUCHING, April 16: Sarawak Baru plans to contest in all 82 state constituencies in the 12th State Election, which is due in 2021.

If this local alliance — which consisted of State Reform Party (STAR), Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) Baru and Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) — sticks to this plan, it means there will not be any straight fights in the state polls.

This is because the ruling Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) will, of course, contest in all the seats. Then there is Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak, which has long made known their desire to take over the state.

STAR president Lina Soo, however, said Sarawak Baru had yet to work out the seat distribution among themselves.

“Sarawak Baru plans to contest in all the 82 seats (in the coming state election). This is because in the history of Sarawak, no one party has been able to govern it alone.

“Just look at the current political landscape. Even Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) needs partners in Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to govern Sarawak,” Soo told Dayakdaily here today.

She stressed that Sarawak Baru would explore “all options” to get maximum results.

“We are willing to collaborate with any local-based parties to fight for Sarawak rights as contained in the Malaysia Agreement 1963. So, we are willing to collaborate with whoever is fighting for our rights,” she reiterated.

When asked if she planned to stand, she replied, “I’m very sorry I can’t tell you yet at this juncture,” she said, adding that she’s a registered voter in Pending.

Soo had previously contested in the Stampin parliamentary seat and Batu Lintang state seat. — DayakDaily