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Opposition parties in Sarawak form coalition

KUCHING: Opposition parties in the state have announced a coalition in preparation for the general election.

The Sarawak Pakatan Harapan is made up of the state DAP, PKR and Amanah parties.

Spokesman Chong Chieng Jen, who is Sarawak DAP chief, said the parties have also concluded negotiations on the seat allocation.

“Basically, the agreement is that for the elections, the parties will stand in the parliamentary seats previously contested by them in the last polls.

“Amanah will get those seats contested by PAS,” he told reporters here yesterday. Also present were Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian and state Amanah chairman Fidzuan Zaidi.

“There may be some variations but that will be subjected to mutual agreement of the parties involved.

“If there is no consensus, we will fall back to the arrangement that the party which contested in that particular seat in the last polls, will defend it in the elections,” said Chong.

Chong, who is Bandar Kuching MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyman, said they had set up a secretariat consisting of two representatives from each party.

The secretariat, he said, would streamline activities and cooperation among them and would be responsible for the drafting of the Sarawak Pakatan Harapan joint manifesto for the elections.

The coalition, said Chong, would likely contest in all 31 parliamentary seats.

Baru said he was not likely to stand in the elections, adding, however, that Sarawak PKR was not short of qualified candidates. — Bernama