Sarawak PKR, DAP at deadlock selecting candidates for state polls hot seats


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 29 Aug 2020

Sarawak state constituencies map.

MIRI: Sarawak Pakatan Harapan partners PKR and DAP are at a deadlock over which party is to contest in several anticipated hots seats in the 12th state polls.

A source said on Saturday (Aug 29) that both parties were eyeing the hot seats of Batu Lintang in Kuching city and Piasau, Senadin and Pujut in Miri city and have been unable to reach an agreement.

"Top state leaders from both sides have met in Kuching on this issue on several occasions already.

"Both DAP and PKR said they have the better candidate for these constituencies," said a source.

The Sarawak Pakatan coalition parties are DAP, PKR and Parti Amanah Negara.

The next state polls are anticipated to be in November, with sources in the ruling Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) coalition saying that Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg had spoken to the Election Commission (EC) on this but no date has been fixed yet for the dissolution of the state assembly.

The current state assembly term ends in June 2021.

Sarawak has 82 state seats, with GPS controlling 68 while Sarawak DAP has six. PKR had three seats but two assemblymen left to join Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB), which now has six seats, while the third is now with Bersatu. There is also one independent assemblyman.

PSB is an independent political party.

The GPS component parties are Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu, Parti Rakyat Sarawak, Progressive Democratic Party and Sarawak United Peoples Party.

Out of the 31 Sarawak parliamentary constituencies, GPS has 18 seats, Pakatan eight, and PSB two.

Pakatan had 12 - now eight - as two have joined former PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali's faction in Bersatu with another joining PSB and one becoming a Perikatan Nasional-friendly independent.

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