We’ll sink and swim with national BN –YB Datuk Dr Rundi
by Lian Cheng, email@example.com. Posted on February 21, 2013, Thursday
KUCHING: The state Barisan Nasional will remain loyal to the national BN regardless of the outcome of the impending 13th general election as it has always been part of the coalition.
PBB secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi Utom said the state BN would always abide by the principle of the BN, where it would stick with its peninsula counterpart no matter what.
“Anyway, there is no such option. Pakatan Rakyat (Pakatan) will not be able to get a simple majority in this coming general election,” opined Dr Rundi yesterday.
The assistant minister of public utilities said this to The Borneo Post in response to rumours that the state BN would join Pakatan should the opposition obtained a simple majority in the impending polls.
Of the 222 parliamentary seats in the country, 31 are in Sarawak.
PRS president Tan Sri Dr James Masing, when contacted, said the rumours were created to confuse the electorate.
He concurred with Dr Rundi’s take that the state BN would “sink and swim” with the national BN, regardless of the outcome of the election.
“We won’t do it (join the opposition). We have been with BN through and through and we play by the rules. The rumours have been very unfair to BN. They (opposition) have been resorting to lies and falsehood. I wish they will play by the rules of the game by signing the Election Integrity Pledge as what Datuk Seri Najib Razak has done.”
Masing explained that the signing of the Election Integrity Pledge in Putrajaya yesterday had nothing to do with state BN component leaders pledging loyalty to the BN.
Rather, he said, it was Najib who signed the Pledge to ensure that the impending election would be clean and fair.
“The prime minister was there to sign the Pledge where he promised to make sure the coming election will be a fair and transparent one, where everyone taking part will play by the rules.
Apart from Masing, state BN chairman and PBB president Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, SPDP president Tan Sri William Mawan were also present at the signing ceremony.
SUPP was represented by its deputy president Datuk Richard Riot, who is also Deputy Foreign Minister.