MIRI: Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has appealed to bumiputra voters living in urban Sarawak to give total support to the Barisan Nasional candidates from the Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) in the coming state election.
Adenan, who is state BN chairman, said bumiputras must support all BN candidates, including the Chinese BN candidates.
“I want 100% support from the bumi voters. This is crucial to BN in those seats where the Chinese voters are still divided,” he told bumiputra grassroot and community leaders here.
“If we can get total support from the bumiputra voters in the urban seats, we can defeat the DAP and PKR.
“We can also win back those seats we lost to the opposition.”
On Thursday, he warned those fighting for seats that he would not tolerate anymore squabbles.
In his capacity as state Barisan Nasional chairman, he said he had the final say on who would stand under BN in all state constituencies.
He had held dialogues and closed-door meetings in Miri with the grassroots and warned those squabbling for seats to close ranks.
Adenan is president of PBB, which is the backbone party of the state BN that also comprises Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).
Bernama adds: Teras president and state Social Development Minister Tan Sri William Mawan said the party was eyeing more seats to add to its present five.
Its five seats are Tasik Biru, Pakan, Marudi, Bekenu and Batu Danau.
“We are expecting to keep all five seats and also pushing for more. We have capable people whom we have groomed all these years,” he said.
The assemblymen won their respective seat on the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP)-Barisan Nasional ticket in the last state election but switched to join Mawan in Teras.
Mawan, who is Member of Parliament for Saratok, also said he was contemplating to give away his state seat of Pakan but would leave the matter to Adenan.
Adenan had yet to name the candidate for Pakan after earlier announcing that incumbent Rosey Yunus and Paulus Palu Gumbang would defend Bekenu and Bukit Kota, respectively.