New alliance expected to be formed in Sarawak, says analyst


A political analyst expects a new alliance of political parties to be formed in Sarawak, following the outcome of the 14th General Election last Wednesday.

Universiti Malaya Department of Socio-Culture senior lecturer Associate Prof Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi said the new coalition would be a free entity that is expected to be friendly to the Pakatan Harapan — and it would not oppose or support Pakatan Harapan.

He did not rule out the possibility that the four state Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties — namely, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United Peoples’ Party, Parti Rakyat Sarawak and the Progressive Democratic Party — might pull out of BN and join the new pact.

He argued that the four BN component parties are expected to resort to such an approach to avoid a defeat in the state election in 2021.

“Otherwise, in the 2021 state election, Sarawak BN will lose many seats, even defeated, because Pakatan Harapan rules in Putrajaya,” he told Bernama in Kuching yesterday. He said Pakatan Harapan would definitely undermine Sarawak BN at the state polls in 2021.

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who is also PBB president and Sarawak BN chairman, said PBB is a party with dignity and would not be like a frog jumping over to join Pakatan Harapan.

However, he said PBB would convene a meeting tomorrow, which is to be attended by all the supreme council members to decide on the matter. — Bernama