Hornbill Unleashed

December 28, 2016

Sarawak PKR, DAP to discuss seat-swap for GE14

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

baru-bian-sarawak-pkr-dapThe local chapters of DAP and PKR have agreed to meet in January to discuss swapping seats for the next general election (GE14), Borneo Post (BP) reported today.

Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian said this yesterday when asked about speculation in a Chinese daily’s report about such a swap between both parties.

“I met (state DAP chairman) Chong Chieng Jen at my Christmas open house on Sunday, and we agreed to meet sometime in the middle of January. We will probably discuss this possibility,” he was quoted as saying by the Sarawak-based daily.

“We are always open for negotiations,” he added.

Meanwhile, BP quoted the Chinese daily’s report which stated that Miri (PKR) and Stampin (DAP) were the likely seats.

“Not only on Miri seat, but on other seats, too.

“As indicated openly by both parties before this, we agreed to begin with the status quo as per the last general election (GE13). Therefore, I do not expect any problem this time,” Baru told BP.

By standard convention in negotiations between parties, only winning seats are swapped.

With DAP setting their sights on Miri, which is categorised as an urban constituency, the party has little option but to offer one of four similar seats it won in GE13 – Bandar Kuching, Stampin, Sibu and Lanang.

With Chong unlikely to give up his Bandar Kuching stronghold, as well as Sibu and Lanang, where PKR don’t have the strength anyway, the only remaining seat that could be given up by DAP is Stampin.

For the record, DAP’s Julian Tan won the Stampin seat in GE13 winning with a 18,670-vote majority. In the same election, PKR’s only parliamentary seat, Miri, was won by Dr Michael Teo with a 1,992-vote majority.

According to BP, there is a growing call by the DAP grassroots in Miri for PKR to return Miri to DAP, with speculation rife that DAP wants to field Sarawak DAP secretary Alan Ling in Miri.

Asked about GE14, Baru believes it would not be held anytime soon based on issues affecting the support for Barisan Nasional.

“Maybe he (Prime Minister Najib Razak) will experiment in Sabah by holding a state election in situ before GE14 to gauge support for BN,” Baru was quoted as saying by BP.

Source : @ FMT Online



  1. The status quo suggested by YB Chong was logically practical. DAP contests 11, PKR 15 and Amanah 5. Complication will set in if PKR Sarawak were to be pressured by its headoffice to accommodate PAS Sarawak.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — December 28, 2016 @ 7:26 PM | Reply

    • And sarawak DAP only want Dayak votes but not supportive of Dayak rights to Dayak claim to PM,PG and NCR?
      I’m questioning their silence on these issue. Has Chong said anything to show his disagreement or disgust on the recent court decision on the PM and PG which has distroyed the Dayaks?

      Comment by Brian — December 29, 2016 @ 2:55 AM | Reply

      • Intellectuals do not always bark at the wrong tress. DAP as part of Pakatan Rakyat coalition before and in Pakatan Harapan now had never and will not give up on the Dayaks ‘s struggle for fair and equal recognition including their rights to self determination of NCR lands usage. The UMNO Baru controlled BN government has been in full control of the Federal Court. Whatever decisions made by the High Court which may deem unfavourable to the kleptocracy regime shall be reversed in the Federal Court.

        Comment by Awaken Dayak — December 29, 2016 @ 3:07 PM | Reply

        • How many of the land disputes has been taken up by those in DAP? How much have they done for the Dayaks in any of those disputes beside their lips service and how well did they fared during the last state elections? Didnt they lose a few seats to their sister party SUPP?

          Comment by Brian — December 30, 2016 @ 12:50 AM | Reply

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