PAS set to unveil first non-Muslim candidate for Sarawak state election

MIRI: A non Muslim will be among 11 PAS candidates that will be fielded by the opposition party in a bid to make inroads into Sarawak politics in the 11th state election.

Sarawak PAS secretary Mukhtar Suhaili confirmed that the non Muslim candidate would be the party’s first candidate for the Sarawak state election but remained tightlipped over the identity of the candidate.

“The official announcement of all 11 candidates, including the non Muslim candidate and sole woman candidate, will be made tomorrow night at Bintulu,” he told Bernama today.

However, Mukhtar said that this time PAS candidates came from diverse backgrounds comprising professionals from multinational companies, pensioners, entrepeneurs and former civil servants.

“We have been moving on the ground in Sarawak with our own infrastructure programme called “Untukmu Sarawak” that was implemented in 2014 and based on the feedback we are confident that we have a chance,” he said

For the 11th state election, PAS will be contesting in Samariang, Pantai Damai, Muara Tuang, Sadong Jaya, Sebuyau, Beting Maro, Kakus, Jepak, Lambir, Pujut and Samalaju, which is a new seat.

In the last Sarawak state election in 2011, PAS contested in five constituencies – Tanjong Datu, Muara Tuang, Sadong Jaya, Sebuyau and Beting Maro but failed to win any seat.

Meanwhile when asked on Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah)’s plan to contest, Mukhtar said it would enhance Barisan Nasional (BN)’s chance of winning instead of denting the ruling party’s winning streak.

“With or without Amanah’s presence in the state election we have made our preparation and we are ready to face anyone,” he added.

Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub was quoted as saying on Sunday that the party would be contesting 13 seats in the state election.-Bernama