SIBU: Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) is prepared to swap seats with Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) in the coming state election if it will benefit both sides.
SPDP president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said that his party was ready to sit down with SUPP to discuss seat swapping if the latter agreed.
“This is not an issue for us. This is for the sake of the Barisan and also that we want to give our full support to the Chief Minister (Tan Sri Adenan Satem),” he told reporters at a Chinese New Year open house yesterday.
Asked which seats he felt they could swap, Tiong – who is also Bintulu MP – said his party was looking forward to working with SUPP on the Dudong, Meradong, Repok and Pelawan seats.
On his party’s preparation for the election, he said it was fully prepared now.
“Our election machineries are all ready now except that we have not launch them. We have been moving on the ground in areas like Meluan, Tasik Biru and Pakan,” he revealed.
He said SPDP, which is jostling for seats with its splinter group, Teras, wanted to contest in all its traditional seats.
It was also eyeing two of the 11 new seats of Mulu and Samalaju.
“We want these two new seats because we have a large base of members there. In Samalaju, for example, we have 5,000 to 6,000 members,” he said.
On the chances of winning all the seats, he replied: “We are confident of delivering all the seats to the BN if everybody in the component parties can work and cooperate with each other.”
On the reason for holding the open house here when it was not contesting in any seats, he said they were looking at the whole picture when the Barisan was concerned.
“We are also a component party of the Barisan. We are looking at the interests of the BN though we have no seats here,” he added.