PSB reiterates intention to contest every seat in upcoming Sarawak elections

KUCHING: Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) has reiterated its intention to contest every seat in the coming Sarawak state election, rejecting a proposal for cooperation by Sarawak Pakatan Harapan.

PSB said it took note of the seat-sharing ratio suggested by Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen of 70% for Sarawak Pakatan and 30% for PSB.

"God willing, PSB intends to contest all 82 seats in the state election.

"As a truly multiracial local party and the largest opposition party in Sarawak, PSB is the alternative to Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to form the next state government," the party's secretariat said in a statement on Sunday (Jan 31).

PSB said it had received "overwhelming" response from Sarawakians throughout the state who wanted change after 57 years of rule by the same parties.

"PSB is the wind of change that the people have been waiting for. PSB is the true alternative to GPS," it added.

Earlier Sunday, Chong said Sarawak Pakatan was open to negotiating seat arrangements with PSB after the movement control order and conditional MCO period is over.

In the event of cooperation, he proposed a formula of 3-3-3-1 whereby PKR, DAP and PSB would contest 30% of the seats each and Amanah 10%.

"There may be a slight adjustment in the proportion. We don't want to be like GPS where you have one dominant party, which is PBB. That is unhealthy.

"For us to work together with PSB, we should more or less abide by this seat proportion," he said during a Facebook live session.

Chong said Sarawak Pakatan was open to working with any credible opposition party which subscribed to the principles of clean government, fairness and justice.

He said any cooperation with PSB would depend on how both sides approached the matter.

"We'll talk about it after the MCO. I don't foresee any election coming in the near future," he added.

Sibu division is currently under MCO until Feb 14 while Kapit and Song districts have been placed under MCO from Feb 2 to 15.

The rest of the state is under conditional MCO until Feb 14.

PSB, which splintered from Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) in 2014, is now in the opposition after deciding to become an independent party in 2019.

It was previously part of the state government although not a member of the ruling GPS coalition, which comprises PBB, SUPP, Parti Rakyat Sarawak and Progressive Democratic Party.

After former PKR assemblymen Baru Bian and See Chee How joined PSB last year, the party now has six elected representatives in the state legislature, making it the biggest opposition party.

Sarawak DAP meanwhile has five representatives after Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon was disqualified for previously acquiring Australian citizenship and Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei quit the party.

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