Sarawak polls to be PAS testing ground for GE15, says Tuan Ibrahim

PUTRAJAYA: PAS is using the Sarawak polls to gauge its election machinery’s preparedness to face the 15th General Election, says its deputy president Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

Although the party has asserted its decision not to oppose Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), he said the measure of politics was the election.

“If there is no election, (how) do we measure our work and the people’s acceptance?” he said yesterday.

Tuan Ibrahim also said PAS – a member of the Perikatan Nasional coalition – would contest fewer seats than it had in the last state election in 2016.

“The number of seats is still under review, but it will not be 11 seats,” added the Environment and Water Minister after officiating at the Sungai Langat Trail launch under the National River Trails project.

Meanwhile, Perikatan secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin said that if PAS decides to contest, it was its right.

“Each party has the right to decide. I don’t want to touch on the decision made by another party,” he told reporters at an event in Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Hamzah said Perikatan would lend a helping hand to GPS in the election.

“We have been working together since we took over the Federal Government.

“There is nothing wrong for us to support a party that is friendly to Perikatan,” he added.

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, which is also part of Perikatan, has decided to sit out the election to give way to GPS which consists of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP).

Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin recently said its members would help and give their support to GPS to ensure the party gets the majority to form the state government.

The state election will take place on Dec 18, with nominations on Dec 6.

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