‘Coming state polls litmus test for 2018 general election'

KUCHING: The coming state election will be a very important one for Pakatan Harapan, as it will be a prelude to the nation’s most important general election in 2018, says Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How.

Considering the importance of the coming state election, See believed that all partners of state Pakatan Harapan would try their best to resolve any differences and come up with a mechanism to resolve overlapping claims on constituencies they wish to contest in.

“I have full trust in the leadership of all the component parties of state Pakatan Harapan that everyone wants to resolve this issue (overlapping claims). I believe there is surely a solution to any problem,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

See, who is state PKR vice chairman and election director, was asked to comment on the overlapping claims on constituencies among the state Pakatan Harapan partners. Besides PKR, other partners in the coalition are DAP and Amanah.

He revealed that state PKR had exchanged the list of constituencies that the party wanted to contest in the coming state election with state DAP (on Dec 21 last year) and state Amanah (on Dec 30 last year).

“The first phase is for us to identify the areas and starting this month, we will be having a formal meeting to try to resolve the overlapping constituencies. However, we have not decided on the date yet.”

To a question, See said there were not many overlapping claims between PKR and DAP. He, however, declined to reveal the number as Pakatan Harapan partners had an understanding not to reveal the details.

See said state Pakatan Harapan would do its best to ensure a one-on-one fight with BN, adding: “because our common enemy is BN, not PKR against DAP or PKR against Amanah”.

To another question, he said SWP had not approached PKR for negotiation on constituencies.

Meanwhile, See refused to comment on the assessment by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) dean of Social Science Faculty Assoc Prof Dr Jeniri Amir that popular support for Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem had increased to 84 per cent in October last year from 74 per cent in April.

“It was his own assessment. I don’t know where he got the figures from so I don’t want to speculate on that.”

He, however, admitted that Adenan, compared to his predecessor, was more popular, especially among urban voters.

“Of course, we can say that he enjoys very high popularity but we don’t have the latest figure because the last one was done in April last year so we are not sure how it is now.” - Borneo Post

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