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Published: Friday April 20, 2012 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday May 26, 2013 MYT 2:44:27 AM

One more party coming in, why not?, says Taib

KUCHING: The newly registered Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) is free to field their candidates in the coming general election, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said.

The state Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, who seemed nonchalant, said the registration of yet another political party was part of the political scene in Sarawak, where the people had embraced democracy.

"One more party coming in, why not? They are free to be there," he told reporters after officiating at the opening of the 50th Multi District Lions Convention here attended by 1,700 delegates from Malaysia, Australia, Singapore and Brunei.

It was reported that the SWP, whose registration was approved two days ago, had yet to decide on its alliance in the coming polls.

Asked to comment on a statement by SWP protem president Dr Ong Lark Sai that the party would be BN-friendly but might consider taking on the BN, especially in the six seats held by Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Abdul Taib said: "It's up to the rakyat." Traditionally, Barisan allocates PRS six parliamentary seats, namely Hulu Rajang, Sri Aman, Lubok Antu, Kanowit, Julau and Selangau.

Meanwhile, a local daily quoted PKR vice-chairman See Chee How as saying that the SWP would not pose a serious threat to Barisan, which currently controlled 29 out of the total 31 parliamentary seats in Sarawak.

See, who is Batu Lintang assemblyman, saw the SWP as a ploy to disrupt Pakatan Rakyat's plans for the election, particularly its chances of winning in certain rural and semi-rural constituencies. BERNAMA

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