Sabah, Sarawak parties should collaborate during polls, says LDP

Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) president Dr Sim Kui Hian  (right) showing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president Chin Su Phin (second from right) and other members of the party around the SUPP headquarters in Kuching today.

KUCHING: Sabah and Sarawak local parties should collaborate in the coming general election, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president Chin Su Phin suggested today.

He said local parties from both states should cooperate and form a formidable “force” in the coming general election.

“There is a need for local-based parties in Sabah and Sarawak to work and unite together to form a force in future (general) elections,” he said.

Chin said this when meeting Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) members here today. A total of 14 LDP members, led by its president, attended the meeting at SUPP headquarters.

Meanwhile, SUPP president Dr Sim Kui Hian, when asked about the purpose of the meeting, said it was held to “exchange ideas” between both parties.

He, however, refused to disclose what sort of “ideas” they would discuss at the meeting.

“It is usual for political parties to have a meeting with each other.

“We also had a meeting with Gerakan last month.

“Besides, Sabah and Sarawak have always been very close to each other,” he said, adding that it was the first time SUPP had held a meeting with LDP.

LDP is a Sabah Chinese-based political party. The party had pulled out from the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition after it was defeated in the 14th general election in 2018.