Sarawak has the potential to be kingmaker once more, says Abdul Karim

Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (file photo).

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By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, June 28: Sarawak might be the kingmaker again in forming the next Federal government considering the never-ending political squabbles in Malaya, opines Sarawak Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Minister Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Abdul Karim said looking at the current political landscape in Malaya, there is no party that would be able to have a solid majority to form a government.

He mentioned that in Sarawak, the last State election has reflected strong solidarity among Sarawakians where 94.6 per cent supported Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), and he was confident that the ruling party will once again sweep clean all 31 parliamentary seats in the coming General Election.

“We will be the one who stabilises the country with that number of seats. Because we know what’s happening in Malaya; there isn’t any party that would be able to have a solid majority to form a government.

“And that is where Sarawak will have to be there to lend a hand to stabilise (the government). We have done that (with) the present government. If it’s not because of (MPs) from Sarawak, we would not have this present government to create a majority in Parliament,” he told reporters at a press conference at a local hotel here today.

Abdul Karim who is also vice president of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) further commented that a politician must uphold his or her principles.

“You cannot support this today and support another thing tomorrow,” he added.

He was referring to a political controversy on a statutory declaration (SD) signed by a number of United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) politicians to back Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim as Prime Minister.

“If it has come to this stage but then (the politicians) decided to support others (the next second); support Anwar, support Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, support Dato Sri Ismail Sabri, there must be something wrong with it,” he emphasised. — DayakDaily