SIBU (July 11): There is a positive mood for Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to win back at least one of the two parliamentary seats in Sibu from the opposition in the upcoming 15th general election (GE15), the senator said Robert Lau.
He pointed out that GPS with its Sarawak program had a better chance of winning this time around compared to GE14.
However, he said it was “difficult to tell” which of the two seats – Lanang and Sibu – the GPS believed had a better chance of capturing.
The two parliamentary seats are currently held by Alice Lau and Oscar Ling, both of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), respectively.
“There is always hope and the signs are good to win. Again, when it comes to elections, it’s very difficult to predict. Certainly this GE15, it will be better than the GE14 for GPS.
“The situation has changed, it was the BN (Barisan Nasional) under the then very ‘unpopular’ Prime Minister.
“(But) the GPS is alone (now) and Sarawak’s agenda is stronger, and DAP’s position is not as strong as during GE14. So the chances of winning are there, much better than GE14,” did he declare.
Lau, who is the President of the Bawang Assan branch of the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), said this when meeting after officiating at the closing of Sibu Closed 2022 at SMK Sacred Heart here yesterday.
Meanwhile, Bukit Assek MP Joseph Chieng said the general election was focusing more on national issues, with Sarawakians now considering who protects state rights and negotiates the return of autonomy in areas such as education and health.
“People will be able to assess what is best for Sarawak. If you just follow the instructions of the West Malaysian party and don’t put Sarawak first, then people will always reject you,” he said, referring to the DAP.
Political analyst Prof Datuk Dr Jayum Jawan had predicted that the GPS could offer at least 28 parliamentary seats to the GE15.
He said this is because the backbone of the GPS, the Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Party, is expected to sweep all the Malay-Melanau majority parliamentary seats, while its Dayak candidates are also expected to perform well.