MIRI: Sarawak Barisan Nasional needs to work very hard to win back voters in Opposition-held seats, says Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.
"We must win back crucial seats such as Miri," said the Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) president.
He said that Miri was a SUPP and Barisan fortress before, but was lost to PKR in 2013.
Dr Sim said winning back Miri and the other Opposition-held seats (Sarikei, Sibu, Lanang, Stampin and Bandar Kuching) would require hard work from SUPP and other Barisan component leaders to convince the voters to vote for Barisan.
"A stronger Sarawak voice at the national front is what we need to fight for," he said, adding that it was within reach but the task would be tough.
He added that if Sarawak Barisan delivered, then the state would have a louder voice at Federal level to ensure its rights as stated in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 would be granted.
Dr Sim said this here on Saturday (April 14) when activating the Miri SUPP election "war-truck".
"Sarawakians need to demonstrate how united they are in wanting to get back those state rights that have been eroded," he said.
Of the 31 parliamentary constituencies in Sarawak, Barisan holds 25 seats, five with DAP and one for PKR.
Sarawak will only see contests for parliamentary seats as state elections are held separately.