KUCHING: Barisan Nasional (BN) will not allow anyone to use its logo to contest in the 12th Sarawak state election.
BN deputy chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said this was in line with the official stance of the political coalition not to contest in the state polls in the spirit of camaraderie with Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
Mohamad said he had also relayed BN’s intention to stay out of the state election while pledging their support for GPS during his meeting with Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg last night.
“We have officially informed Abang Johari, who is also the GPS chairman, that for the first time, BN will not contest in the state election.
“All (component parties in) GPS are no longer with BN, we will continue to provide moral support to them (GPS).
“Until today, we still have close and good relations with GPS. We pray that GPS emerge victorious and return as the Sarawak government in the election,” Mohamad, who is also Umno deputy president, told reporters here today.
Among those present were Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohammed Khaled Nordin and the party’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan.
“Apart from BN, there are no other party that is friendly with GPS.
“And we will not allow anyone to use the ‘dacing’ (symbol) in the state election,” he said.
Asked if BN will deploy its election machinery to assist GPS in the state election, Mohamad said he has faith in the well-oiled election machinery and capabilities of GPS leaders.
“The GPS election machinery is strong and they have administered Sarawak accordingly,” he said, expressing confidence that the GPS leadership was good enough to retain or garner greater support from the people in the upcoming election.
Mohamad also expressed hope that the wave of victory for BN in Melaka would reach Sarawak and help GPS retain the state government.
Separately, Mohamad hoped the Election Commission (EC) would not implement the same standard operating procedures (SOP) used in Melaka in the Sarawak state election.
The SOP, he said, must take into consideration the situation on the ground in Sarawak.
“In Melaka, people can travel from one corner to another destination in the state within 40 minutes.
“The situation is not the same in Sarawak and it will be difficult for the candidates (contesting in the state election) if the same SOP in Melaka is used for Sarawak.
“There are areas which have poor internet connection here.
“I hope the EC will come up with a more balanced SOP since physical campaigning is still needed here.”
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