Kuching: It is not necessary to deploy Barisan Nasional election machinery in the 12th Sarawak state election as Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is capable of securing the mandate of Sarawakians on its own.
BN deputy chairman Mohamad Hassan said the leaders of GPS are more than efficient enough to handle the election without any outside assistance.
“But we are ready to assist, and we are always there if needed but at the moment, we feel GPS leaders are good enough to handle this election,” Mohamad or better known as Tok Mat told newsmen at a press conference here today.
Seen with him at the press conference were UMNO’s vice-president Mohamed Khaled Nordin and its secretary-general Ahmad Maslan.
Adding on further, the Rantau state assemblyman said, the purpose of this visit is solely on giving moral support to Abang Johari Tun Openg and hopes Sarawakians will give GPS a huge mandate in order to achieve stability, development and prosperity.
Tok Mat also said this is the first time BN would not be officially participating in the Sarawak state election and the use of its flags and logos are not allowed in any form of campaign.
“We will report to the Election Commission (EC) if any political parties or individuals are seen using BN’s ‘Dacing’ (scale) symbol in this campaign as apart from GPS, we do not have any friendly coalition or parties in Sarawak,” he said.
GPS comprising Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) (formerly known as Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) left BN following the coalition’s defeat in the 14th general election (GE14).
The four parties then formed GPS on 12 June 2018 and led the Sarawak state government.
Nomination for the polls is set on Monday (06 Dec), early voting on 14 Dec and polling is on Dec 18.