Pakatan all set for Sarawak polls

Pakatan is confident with its preparations for the upcoming Sarawak state election.

By Patrick Lee, Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Rakyat has resolved ‘most issues’ regarding state seats in Sarawak and this included those eyed by Sarawak Nasional Party (Snap).

Voicing his confidence going into the soon to be held state election, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said the coalition was good to go.

An affronted Snap had recently voiced its disapproval following state Pakatan’s decision to allocate the party with only three seats.

Pakatan is hoping for straight fights in several state constituencies.

Snap has openly declared its aim to contest in 28 Dayak majority seats in the 10th state election.

The seats are also being eyed by Sarawak PKR, which is hesitant about taking on Barisan Nasional ally Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) seats in Malay areas.

Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian had previously declared that the party would contest in 52 seats, an aim many have dismissed as ‘ridiculous.’

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang however was less effusive about the Sarawak situation.

He said the coalition still had ‘issues’ over certain seats, although these were few.

Abdul Hadi also urged the Election Commission to consider extending the campaigning period from eight days to 21 days.

Meanwhile Anwar also announced Pakatan’s intention to invite foreign MPs such as those from the Philippines, Australia and the European Union to act as election observers to the Sarawak state election.

Lottery ban

On another issue, Anwar said that six Pakatan representatives – two from each party – would be meeting with the Kelantan state government soon to discuss the recent lottery ban.

The six reps, he said, included DAP’s Rasah MP Anthony Loke Siew Fook, PKR’s Batu MP Tian Chua, PAS secretary-general Mustafa Ali and PKR information chief Nur Manuty.

He said the meeting would be held within the next few days.