KUCHING: Speculation is rife in Kuching about the formation of a new coalition government between Pakatan Rakyat and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) together with the Dayak-based parties of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).
Altogether they have a simple majority of 36 seats including a seat held by an independent. Thirty-five seats are held by PBB in the 71 seats in the state assembly.
The rumours sparked off after PRS President James Masing called for closure of Sarawak National Party (SNAP) and its members join PRS as well as his call for the merger between his party and SPDP be sped up in order to strengthen the voice of the Dayak community.
Even DAP national adviser Lim Kit Siang called for the merger of SNAP and DAP.
Dayak leaders in the non-governmental organisations have expressed strong support for this new coalition.
They suggest that Masing be made the chief minister of the new coalition, while Baru Bian from PKR and Chong Chieng Jen of DAP be made deputy chief ministers.
Top Pakatan Rakyat leaders including Anwar Ibrahim, PKR President Wan Azizah and Deputy President Azmin Ali and Lim Kit Siang will be in Kuching this week-end.
According to a message from the State PKR headquarters, a special announcement will be made.
What is this special message is all about no one really knows, but many suggest it could be connected to the discussion on the formation of the new coalition.
Said a political observer: “This is the real reason why Abdul Taib Mahmud swore himself as chief minster soon after the results that the state BN government had just obtained its two-thirds majority.
“He has envisaged that this type of coalition may be formed in order to get rid of him as chief minister,” said the observer.
Leaders of the PRS, SPDP, SUPP and Pakatan Rakyat are not available for comment.