Direct candidates must join BN parties that seats belong to

Sim-Kui-HianPETALING JAYA: Direct Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates who win in the state elections should join the component parties that the seats belong to, says Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) President Prof Dr Sim Kui Hian.

In a Borneo Post Online report, Sim said he agreed with Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) President James Masing that the state’s biggest party, Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB), should not have more than 41 of 82 state seats.

“Once PBB seats exceed 41, the logical thing is for the direct candidates to join other BN component parties and the first choice is the BN component parties where the seats belong to,” he said in a statement.

Sim stressed that SUPP seats contested by direct BN candidates must remain as SUPP seats.

Previously, Sim had voiced unhappiness over the concept of direct BN candidates, but said the party had been overruled by Chief Minister Adenan Satem.

Meanwhile, in Kuching, Masing dismissed talks that certain MPs from his party were sabotaging the chosen candidates in the election, and said the accusations were made out of envy of PRS’s unity.

“I just want to assure you that all of us are together, all candidates and the MPs, despite what you read in the papers and what other people do against us,” he said.

He said some people wanted to give the impression of infighting within the party to attract others to take potshots at PRS.

Masing also voiced confidence that PRS would deliver all its 11 seats to BN.

Sarawak goes to the polls on May 7.