Sarawak polls: Bersatu’s Ali Biju denies making way for GPS to contest in Kerian


KUCHING: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu)’s Kerian assemblyman Datuk Ali Biju has denied surrendering his seat to make way for Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

“I have never agreed to surrender my seat to Progressive Democratic Party (PDP),” he mentioned in response to a press release made by GPS candidate for the seat, Friday Belik.

Friday was quoted by a neighborhood every day as saying that GPS has a greater probability of profitable the Krian seat, with incumbent Ali not contesting.

“Generally, the mood on the ground is getting better, and with the revelation that Ali is not going to contest this time, I think our chance will be much better and we expect him to help us, especially with all his supporters (whom) we will be able to work together with for the sake of people in Krian,” he was quoted as saying.

PDP is without doubt one of the 4 part events in the GPS coalition, which unveiled its candidate listing for the twelfth state election on Dec 3.

Ali identified that because the incumbent to the seat which he had served for two phrases, he had by no means agreed to give up the seat.

“Furthermore, Friday should not have uttered those words or commented on whether I will defend my incumbency or relinquish it, as he is neither a leader in GPS, nor does he have any legitimate locus standi to speak on behalf of GPS.

“My supporters and the vast majority of my constituents have insisted that I should continue to serve them and the entire constituency of, and to defend my incumbency.

Any decision as to my defending my incumbency will be discussed between my (party) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, and the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari (Tun Openg),” he mentioned.

On Nov 27, Bersatu had mentioned that it’ll not be contesting in the Sarawak state polls to give way to GPS.

Muhyiddin had mentioned that all the Bersatu members would assist and provides their help to GPS to make sure the occasion would have the bulk to type the state authorities.

He mentioned the choice was made after discussing the matter with Abang Johari just a few days earlier than the Election Commission introduced the election date.

“Bersatu will not be contesting in the Sarawak election to honour the decision, even though there are a few places where we are confident we could win,” he mentioned.

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