Posted on March 29, 2011, TuesdayKUCHING: State Barisan Nasional (BN) strongly believes in its power-sharing concept.
Therefore, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) which is allocated 35 out of the 71 state seats in Sarawak could not form the government even if it wins all seats alone in the April 16 state election.
PBB and BN still needs its partners, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) to win their respective seats to secure a strong BN government.
“We just let PBB have 35 seats as indicated by the chief minister. We do not want to look dominant because we facilitate the concept of Barisan Nasional. We believe in power sharing among partners,” said PBB incumbent for Tupong Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman on Sunday.
“That is the difference between the concept of BN and that of the Pakatan Rakyat (PR),” said Daud commenting on the opposition’s rift on seat allocation for them to achieve dominance.
He insisted that the PR just could not share power, taking into account the apparent breakdown of their seat allocation negotiation.
He also dubbed the opposition loose pact as a coalition of convenience where each and every PR component as having the sole aim in toppling the BN government, but could not sit down and share power.
“They cannot unite because they are power crazy. They even fail to understand one another,” said Daud, who is also the Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs).
“The BN machinery will work hard to win all the 71 seats, irrespective of the state of the opposition is in. We want to win with a big majority,” enthused Daud after closing the Sarawak Youth Carnival 2011 (DUN Tupong) at Padang Semarak in Gita yesterday.
Daud also refuted claims that the carnival and similar events were politically driven.
“This is a good programme especially for the youths, which was planned and given financial allocation last year.”
He also said the date had been set much early and coincidently fell just before the election.
“We also have a similar event in Satok in May. That is after the election. How is it possible to be political if it is after the election?” said Daud.