Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Go for at least 24 seats, Lim tells S’wak DAP

DAP national leader Lim Kit Siang last night asked Sarawak opposition leaders to contest in at least 24 seats in the coming state election to have a mathematical chance of denying the state Barisan Nasional (BN) a two-third majority.

"Set your objective of denying the two-third majority of BN Sarawak, if not taking over the ruling power,” Lim said when opening the DAP Sarawak headquarters ‘Home of Rocket’ here.

"As far as numbers are concerned, you have to think about, 24 or 36. You have to win at least 24 seats to deny the BN two-third majority or at least 36 seats to wrest power from the government of the day,” he said.

There are 71 state constituencies in Sarawak.

On May 20, 2006, the state BN lost nine seats namely Pending, Batu Lintang, Kota Sentosa, Meradong, Bukit Assek and Kidurong to DAP; Padungan to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR); Engkilili to Sarawak National Party (SNAP); and Ngemah to Independent.

Lim, who is also Ipoh Timur MP, considered Sarawak as the forerunner of political changes, saying that the state election in May 2006 was the prelude to the political tsunamis in 2008.

He, however, pointed out that DAP alone could not achieve the target and therefore Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Sarawak should be formed so as to unite opposition parties.

The four opposition parties - DAP, PKR PAS and Sarawak National Party (SNAP) are expected to meet at the end of March to discuss seat negotiations and set the groundwork for the formation of an the opposition alliance in the state.

Sarawak DAP chairman Wong Ho Leng, had reportedly said that the March end meeting would be the third round of seat negotiations.

“We need to work through this and determine which party contests in which seats, and who the candidates will be, before we can move on to form Pakatan,” he said.

- Borneo Post

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