KUCHING: Denying Barisan Nasional a two-thirds majority in the next Sarawak Election is DAP’s main aim, says state chief Chong Chieng Jen.
The Kota Sentosa assemblyman said if the opposition could win at least 28 seats, then Barisan Nasional as a whole could come under pressure, “knowing that they are losing their fixed deposit state”.
“It does look like Barisan Nasional would win the next general election but Sarawak can make a difference. The state election results could force the retirement of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Our campaign theme for the state polls will be to save Malaysia and Sarawak within in,” Chong told a press conference here yesterday.
Chong believed issues like the National Security Council would be on the minds of Sarawakian voters. He said the people were mostly of the opinion that there was less democratic space now than before. – By YU JI
The opposition leader, who is also Bandar Kuching MP, said more and more voters earned for “progressiveness”.
Chong criticised the state Barisan for not speaking up against Umno’s willing cooperation with PAS. “It just goes to show that Barisan in Sarawak is still being led by the nose by federal Barisan. It shows who dictates policies, and Sarawak Barisan can only go along with it,” Chong said.
The next state polls must be held by mid-2016. Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem is widely expected to call for the election after Chinese New Year in February.
Chong believed informal campaigning to begin by January, with the election in March.
He was speaking to reporters before DAP’s election brainstorming meeting at state headquarters here yesterday.