Sarawak Polls: Ali Biju withdraws as candidate in Krian, pledges support for GPS man Friday

KUCHING: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (Bersatu) Datuk Ali Biju (pic) has announced that he is pulling out from contesting as an independent candidate in the Krian seat.

In a statement on Thursday (Dec 9), Ali said he will withdraw from the Sarawak state election and instead, will give full support to Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) candidate, Friday Belik.

“I humbly and sincerely withdraw as the Krian candidate and will give full support to Friday.

“I urge all voters in Krian, Kalaka and Kabong located in the Saratok parliamentary seat to give full support to GPS candidates,” said Ali.

He said the decision was made after taking into account that his insistence on contesting in the election could adversely affect relations between Perikatan Nasional and GPS.

“I have gotten advice from Bersatu’s top leadership and a guarantee from Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the Perikatan chairman, regarding the consensus achieved between Perikatan and Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg as GPS chairman.

“I’m confident that this cooperation is to maintain and strengthen good relations between Perikatan and GPS,” he added.

Under Regulation 9 of the Elections (Conduct of Elections) Regulations, no candidate is allowed to withdraw after 10am on nomination day.

However, an aide to Ali said that candidates can withdraw at any time during the campaigning period.

“He can withdraw, but his name will remain on the ballot paper,” added the aide.

On Wednesday (Dec 8) night, Abang Johari said he was disappointed that Bersatu members, including Ali, had reneged on an agreement not to contest in the state election.

Abang Johari said he would wait for Bersatu to take action against its members who went rogue.

Apart from Ali, Bersatu’s Siki Balarik will be contesting in Belaha, Ricky Enteri in Bawang Assan and Ismawi Muhammad in Muara Tuang.

Siki is Hulu Rajang Bersatu chief while Ricky is a youth activist from Bawang Assan.

Ismawi is Kota Samarahan Bersatu division chief.

Bersatu has said that action will be taken against its members who contest in the Dec 18 polls in Sarawak.

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