KUCHING:Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian has called on Sarawak National Party (SNAP) candidates to withdraw from contesting and to throw their support to candidates of the Pakatan Rakyat if they find their campaigns are not making any headway.
“I heard many of them are not making any headway due to limited resources or due to lack of support from the voters.
“If this is the case, I advise them to withdraw and throw their support to Pakatan Rakyat candidates.
“After all our aim is to topple this government and bring change to Sarawak,” Bian said in a telephone interview with FMT.
“The Barisan Nasional state government is our enemy and we should pool all our resources to defeat them,” he said.
He added: “If there is a one-to-one fight against BN candidates especially in the Dayak majority constituencies, there is likelihood that we can defeat the BN candidates.
“Therefore, I earnestly beg SNAP candidates to reconsider my appeal,” he said.
SNAP is contesting on 27 Dayak majority seats following failed negotiations between itself and PKR, and in almost all these constituencies SNAP and PKR are facing each other apart from contesting against BN, independent and Parti Cinta Malaysia candidates.
It is reported that SNAP’s chances are almost next to zero.
On his own campaign, Bian said that he has been going around villages near the town. Starting from tomorrow, he will proceed to the interiors.
“On the whole, my campaign is going smoothly,” he said.
Bian declined to comment on his chance, except to say that he and his campaigners are working very hard to win over the hearts and minds of the voters.
There are more than 6,000 voters.
Meanwhile, reports from PKR candidates in rural constituencies are picking up momentum as the campaign enters its fourth day.
The reports say that campaigns for Ibi Anak Uding in Balai Ringin, Willie Mogin in Bengoh, John Tenewi Nuek in Tasik Biru, Brudi Anak Mawong (Engkilili), Nicholas Bawin (Batang Ai), Ali Biju (Krian), Stanny Embat (Layar), Mengga Mikui (Tamin), Dr. John Brian (Meluan) and Harrison Ngau (Telang Usan) are fast picking up.
“Most of the issues are centred on the grabbing of native customary rights lands, lack of development and failed promises.
“Given the momentum, you can expect a number of surprises in these constituencies,” said Langga Lias, a PKR worker in Batang Ai.