PETALING JAYA: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) has already decided on the candidates for all 82 seats in the upcoming state polls, leaving no room for Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia to stake a claim, says Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
The Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice-president said candidates must be endorsed by GPS and come from one of the four component parties of the coalition: PBB, Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), and the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP).
“There is speculation that Bersatu will be fielding candidates for the state polls under a GPS ticket.
“As far as we are concerned, GPS has already shortlisted and finalised the candidates for all the 82 seats.
“As of now, it is hard for me to comment on how Bersatu will fit in. We will cross the bridge when the time comes, ” he said yesterday.
On April 12, Bersatu supreme council member Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin, during a working visit to the state, said the party would be fielding candidates in the state elections under the GPS ticket.
To this, Abdul Karim said if candidates from GPS and Bersatu were both fielded in the state polls, it might confuse voters.
“If there are candidates representing both GPS and Bersatu, this can lead to confusion. Voters will have to make up their minds, ” he said.
Abdul Karim added that GPS would need to address the issue properly because the coalition supported the Perikatan Nasional government.
“The federal coalition was established for the sake of national stability.
“We hope the Perikatan leadership would take heed of this and reciprocate in terms of support when it comes to the state polls.
“Both Perikatan and Bersatu acknowledged their support of GPS as the state government, ” he said.