Next state election ‘still a long way off’, says Abang Johari

Posted on : 08 Aug 2020  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING (Aug 8): Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg today denied that the state election could be in a few months time, pointing out that it was still far away.

“Who said? Sikda lah, agi lama (No, still a long way ahead),” he said.

He was responding when quizzed on speculation that the state polls could be held as early as October this year.

The current term of the Sarawak Legislative Assembly will expire on June 7, 2021.

Meanwhile, when asked to comment on the proposed new political party set up by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahthir Mohamad, Abang Johari declined to comment.

“Up to him. I don’t want to comment,” he said.

Yesterday, Dr Mahathir announced that he will be forming a new party that would not be aligned to either Pakatan Harapan or Perikatan Nasional (PN).

He said the new party, which has yet to be named, however, will have the same basis of struggle as Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Bersatu, which he co-founded before, which was to fight corruption and kleptocracy.

“We are aware that Malaysia already has so many political parties, especially for the Malays. It is not our intention to increase the number, but we are facing extraordinary issues.

“This party will be inclusive and moderate in nature and will show to other races that the Malays are not traitors, that they will keep their promises and they will not reject sincere and principled collaborations,” he told a special press conference yesterday.

On a related note, Abang Johari said he was unfazed by Sarawak PAS’s intention to field candidates in the next state election.

He said it is up to them to field any candidates they like because Malaysia is a democratic country.

“It’s up to them. Election is still a long way away,” said Abang Johari.

He was asked to comment on a statement by Sarawak PAS Commissioner Jofri Jaraiee yesterday who said that the party has identified several state constituencies to contest in the next state election.

Joffrey said party members have been going down to the ground with the community despite not winning any seats in the past elections.

Jofri’s statement contradicted with the assurance given by PAS President Datuk Seri Hadi Awang during a PN meeting in Putrajaya on July 1, that PAS and Bersatu – led by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin -will not contest in Sarawak in the next state polls.