KUCHING, Nov. 27 – Sarawak DAP today beat back its partner PKR in Pakatan Harapan (PH), saying it should focus on his 47 seats in the state elections on the 18th.
DAP state chairman Chong Chieng Jen said the state PKR should not waste valuable time and energy winning seats and losing the overall goal of winning the war against Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) in the state elections.
He reminded the state PKR that the three partners – DAP, PKR and Amanah – signed an agreement on the allocation of seats on January 2nd of this year after many rounds of negotiations.
“Not only the then PKR state chairman Larry Sng, but also several other leaders, including the PKR state secretary Joshua Jabeng and the PKR deputy chairman Abang Zulkilfy Abang Engkeh, were regular participants in the negotiations,” said Chong. when he responded to the state PKR leadership’s allegations against the state DAP.
He said Sng signed the seat allocation agreement on behalf of the PKR Leadership Council in the presence of other PKR state council members.
“That was the decision of the entire PKR state leadership council, not Sng’s alone,” said Chong, adding that the decision was still valid even though Sng had left the party.
âThat’s not how an agreement works. It is an agreement between party to party; the change of an office holder does not affect the validity of the agreement.
“We for our part also gave up some seats to reach this agreement on January 2nd of this year,” he said.
In a statement yesterday evening, the PKR state leadership council accused the DAP of Sarawak of being difficult in the seat negotiations for the upcoming state elections.
It accused Sarawak DAP of refusing to negotiate openly and transparently on certain seats and not responding to requests for talks.
In particular, the state PKR mentioned negotiations on the seat in Kemena and the seats in Senadin and Piasau in the parliamentary constituency of Miri.
The state PKR claimed that Kemena was originally a PKR seat “loaned” to the DAP for the 2016 state polls, which the DAP eventually lost, and that a new, more suitable Dayak candidate for the seat has since been identified by them.
âWe presented our candidate’s KPI and dossier to the chairman of Sarawak PH, but he refused to even read or acknowledge them. Even more puzzling was that the PH chairman refused to tell us who he had in mind as a DAP candidate in Kemena.
“To the best of our knowledge, there has been no grassroots work led by the DAP in Kemena for over three years,” said the PKR state council, referring to the state PH and state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen.
The council explained how Senadin and Piasau’s seats were similarly lost by the DAP after it was defeated in 2016 polls, before claiming that the PKR has the stronger base in these predominantly Chinese and Dayak constituencies .
The council then questioned the Sarawak DAP’s sense of camaraderie and consensus building, saying that this could only be done transparently, openly and respectfully.