Friday, January 20, 2017
Opposition dismisses PBB call for no-contest as undemocratic
The by-election, set for Feb 18, was called after the seat fell vacant following the death of former Sarawak chief minister Adenan Satem.
PBB secretary-general Stephen Rundi Utom asked that the opposition not contest in the by-election “out of respect for our late chief minister”.
He made the request during a meeting with reporters yesterday on the sidelines of the ceremony for the swearing in of the state cabinet here yesterday.
“We Sarawakians respect Adenan, but contesting in an election is a democratic process. Even Adenan would not be opposed to us defending our rights in the spirit of democracy by participating in a fair fight.
“If PBB believes that to contest the vacant seat is a sign of disrespect, then PBB themselves should not put up a candidate,” Soo said.
Meanwhile, DAP leaders have also dismissed Stephen’s call. - FMT
Posted by wikisabah at 4:23:00 PM