Up to PAS to contest in Sarawak polls, says Bersatu sec-gen

SEPANG: It is up to PAS to decide if they want to contest in the Sarawak State Election despite its Perikatan Nasional partner, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, deciding to sit out the polls.

Perikatan secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin (pic) said while PAS had not made any announcement so far, the coalition will leave the matter to the party's good judgement.

"So far they have not made any kind of announcement. It is their right (to contest) but Bersatu has announced that we will not," he told reporters on Tuesday (Nov 30).

Hamzah said that Perikatan will lend a helping hand to Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) during the state polls.

"We will be helping GPS in the election. We have been working together since we took over the government.

"There is nothing wrong for us to support a party that is friendly to Perikatan," he said.

On Nov 26, Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the party would not be contesting in the Sarawak state election to give way to GPS.

He said instead, Bersatu members would help and give their support to GPS to ensure the party would have the majority to form the state government.

Sarawak will go to the polls on Dec 18 while nomination day is Dec 6.

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