SIBU: Sarawak PKR will contest in seats which its allies have allegedly given up to Party Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) at the next state election.
Its chairman, Larry Sng said on Monday (July 27) that it has come to his attention that their allies had privately conceded five to six seats to PSB, including the Bawang Assan seat.
"If this is true, PKR is ready to contest Bawang Assan if DAP abandons their commitment to the people in that area. This rule applies to all state seats in Sarawak. Unless PSB is part of the (state Pakatan Harapan) coalition and abide by the rules of the coalition, we shall not under any circumstances accord them the same level of cooperation as our allies," he warned.
PSB is a locally-based opposition party with six representatives in the state legislative assembly. It's president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, is the Bawang Assan assemblyman.
Sng said that according to his understanding, PSB does not wish to be part of Pakatan Sarawak and as such, the issue of cooperation with them shall not arise.
PKR, he said, will not honour any side agreements if they were to materialise.
"If our allies choose not to contest, it is important that the matter is raised at the Sarawak Pakatan level for other Pakatan parties to contest in their absence," he added.
The Julau MP said the level of trust and cooperation between PKR and its allies - DAP and Amanah - was based on mutual understanding and common principles that have been forged over the years.
"It is also these very principles which have defined our coalition, which gave confidence to the Malaysian people for us to win in the last general election," he said.
He added that the recent seat negotiations for Sarawak’s state election were smooth and that they were close to reaching an agreement amongst all parties.
"The allocation of seats is based on the understanding that those parties that are given those seats, shall honour and contest in those areas. It will betray the trust of the coalition and our supporters, should individual parties decide not to contest to make way for other parties outside of Pakatan," he said.