Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) has decided not to contest in the Tanjong Datu by-election on Feb 18.
Its secretary-general Mohd Anuar Tahir said they would instead focus their attention on the preparation and planning to face the 14th General Election (GE14) which will be held soon.
“Amanah is of the opinion that in the current political scenario, it is important for us to focus our full effort towards preparation and planning to face the GE14,” he said in a brief statement yesterday.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and DAP had announced that they would not be contesting in the Tanjong Datu by-election.
Amanah, PKR and DAP are coalition partners in Pakatan Harapan.
Another opposition party, Parti Islam Semalaysia (PAS) had also said the party would most likely not contest in the by-election.
Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) Baru had said that it did not see any point contesting in a Malay-majority constituency because its struggle was for the rights and interest of the Dayaks.
Meanwhile, State Reform Party Sarawak (STAR) president Lina Soo said the party was still in discussion on whether to field a candidate in the by-election.
“We are still discussing the matter and have not made the final decision. We still have two days to decide,” she said when contacted yesterday.
Asked if Reform had identified any potential candidate for the Tanjong Datu by-election, Soo said the party could field any of its party leaders.
The Tanjong Datu by-election will be held following the demise of its incumbent Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem on Jan 11.
BN has announced Adenan’s widow Datin Patinggi Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu as its candidate.
The Election Commission (EC) announced Feb 18 as the polling date. Nomination of candidates will be held on Feb 4, while early voting will take place on Feb 12.
During the last state election, Adenan retained Tanjong Datu seat with a comfortable 6,360 votes while PKR’s Jazolkipli Numan only managed to poll 468 votes.
Source : @ Borneo Post Online