THE People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has come out to say that it won’t contest in the next elections if the State BN doesn’t want it to.
How sweet and kind of the party to say so. This is after previously declaring that only it is capable of contesting against opposition from Malaya (despite failing to defeat the opposition from Malaya in their own home turf of Malaya!).
Well perhaps they have remembered a thing or two about being in the BN coalition after the recent BN supreme council meeting.
Somehow they have now decided they are not in the State to replace other coalition partners. Hmm …
“We’re not here to replace any party unless there’s a need. We’ll continue to uphold the Barisan spirit of helping our brothers and sisters in the coalition,” Sarawak PPP vice chairman Abet Achoh is quoted as saying.
What still confounds me is the party’s insistence on recruiting members in Sarawak, which it says is so that BN is stronger in the next election.
It’s rather confusing. What political party recruits members, but is not going to stand in the elections?
And how would Abet define “a need”? It seems that his brothers and sisters in the coalition have already told him thanks but no thanks.
Strangely PPP members have indicated their desire to contest in the Mas Gading parliamentary seat.
Well if PPP is as sincere as they claim to be about upholding the spirit of BN, then they should stop contradicting themselves.
How The Star reported it:
PPP: We will contest in election only if state BN wants us to
By ZORA CHAN
KUCHING: PPP will only contest in the next parliamentary election if Sarawak Barisan Nasional give its blessings.
Sarawak PPP vice chairman Abet Achoh said the party’s ultimate aim was to help fellow Barisan members win big in the election.
“PPP will work together with all Barisan parties and we’ll only contest if there’s request from Barisan parties in Sarawak to contest. So, component parties in Sarawak need not worry about our presence because we just want to help them.
“We’re not here to replace any party unless there’s a need. We’ll continue to uphold the Barisan spirit of helping our brothers and sisters in the coalition,” he told The Star at a membership recruitment and voters registration campaign in MJC Batu Kawah here yesterday.
Abet was asked to comment on a recent statement by some Barisan leaders who had said that any attempt by Barisan component parties from Peninsular Malaysia to forcefully push themselves into the public election arena in Sarawak would upset the existing political equilibrium.
PBB vice-president Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman had said that this would create disharmony among the Barisan parties and would weaken the ruling coalition.
“In Barisan, we have an understanding that we do not go around grabbing seats from other Barisan parties,” he said.
Abet explained that as part of PPP’s election preparation, the party had been active on the ground in certain urban constituencies deemed as hot seats to recruit new members and meet voters for the sake of Barisan as a whole.
He said it was important to increase the party’s membership because members would play an important deciding factor on polling day.
“We need members’ support during election time,” he said adding that the membership drive was also carried out nationwide.