Sarawak Bersatu will accept any action taken against 'renegades' by central leadership

KUCHING: Sarawak Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia will accept any action taken by the party against four members, including Saratok MP Datuk Ali Biju, for contesting in the state polls.

State party chairman Jaziri Alkaf Abdillah Suffian said Bersatu’s constitution on the issue of contesting in elections without the party's endorsement was clear.

“Any member who contests in the state election without party permission, including Ali Biju, can face disciplinary action that includes having their membership terminated.

“The central leadership will announce its decision soon,” he said in a statement on Thursday (Dec 9).

On Nov 27, Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the party would sit out the Sarawak state election and throw its support behind Gabungan Parti Sarawak so that the coalition can form the state government.

However, four of its members are contesting as Independent candidates.

Besides Ali, who is defending the Krian seat which he has held for two terms, the other three are Siki Balarik (Belaga), Ricky Enteri (Bawang Assan) and Ismawi Muhammad (Muara Tuang).

They will go head-on not only against the opposition but also GPS, which is contesting all 82 seats.

On Nov 8, GPS chairman Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said the coalition was disappointed by the move, adding that this was clearly against what Bersatu promised.

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