National issues such as 1MDB and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will undoubtedly be used to influence voters in the 13th state election, said Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Dr James Jemut Masing.
However, he was confident the issues would not jeopardise Barisan Nasional’s (BN) chances of remaining in government.
He said if the issues associated with Najib Razak were to be used as political capital, the people of Sarawak already know what the prime minister had done for the state since he took charge of the country.
“The issues of GST and 1MDB will definitely be brought in the election, but we feel there would not be much impact.
“For example, I feel in the GST issue, all we need is a clear explanation. As to me, the problems which are occurring now stem from blurry explanations.
“As for the prime minister, he has already done a lot for the state. For example, he approved the construction of a road linking Sibu-Kanowit-Song-Kapit.
“Kapit before this was like an ‘island within the Borneo Island’ but within three years, it will have highway access.”
Masing, who is also state land development minister, said this when met during a meet-the-people session in conjunction with the launch of the BN election machinery at the Kakus state constituency here today.
PRS candidate for Kakus John Sikie Tayai, who is also the incumbent, was also present.
Meanwhile, Masing, who is also the candidate for Baleh, said PRS had prepared well for the state election.
He said PRS had the advantage when he, as party president and state BN chairman Adenan Satem reached a consensus in determining who would be the candidates to contest the 11 seats allocated to the party, and it was also agreed upon by party members.
“Planning is very important. We must act together as one and we have no other person to support except our CM Adenan. What he (Adenan) is doing currently is appropriate and the CM’s policy is beneficial to rural areas. It is also to our advantage.”
The Election Commission (EC) will hold a special meeting on Thursday (April 14) to discuss the date of the election following the dissolution of the state assembly yesterday.
The 11th Sarawak state election will see 82 state seats up for grabs, with 11 more seats than the previous election in 2011, following the redelineation exercise by the EC last year.