PKR chief hails big shift in rural voters’ thinking

KUCHING: Pakatan Harapan’s victory in four rural seats in Sarawak points to the political maturity of voters, says state PKR chairman Baru Bian.

Baru, who won the Selangau parliamentary seat by 486 votes against Barisan Nasional’s Rita Insol, said the political tsunami had now reached the state’s heartland.

PKR also won the rural seats of Saratok and Puncak Borneo while DAP took Mas Gading. Two other rural seats, Julau and Lubok Antu, went to Independent candidates.

“Truly it is an outcome that is outstanding for us. Rural Sarawak is maturing in politics and the people have shown an under­standing of what is happening in the country.

“The people of Selangau are able to appreciate political develop­ment. Everywhere I went, the response was so positive. The support they gave was very meaningful to me, being a non-local offering myself to them as their MP,” Baru said in a statement.

Besides winning the rural seats, PKR also retained the urban seat of Miri while DAP retained Bandar Kuching, Stampin, Sarikei, Lanang and Sibu.

Saying he was “humbled” by his win against a worthy opponent, Baru said it also showed that the Iban of Selangau were able to accept a Lun Bawang from Ba’Kelalan as their MP.

“They chose to elect a person without consideration of his ethnicity or origin. I am grateful for their trust in me to represent them in Parliament and I will do my best for them.

“I promised to bring change in Selangau as set out in the Pakatan manifesto and God willing, I will keep my promise. I look forward to fulfilling my responsibilities as Selangau MP and to fostering a closer relationship with the people there,” he said.

Baru thanked his party workers, friends and family members for their hard work during the campaign.

He also made special mention of young voters who went back to Selangau to vote for change.

“The popular belief that young people are not interested in politics is not true of those from Selangau.

“I met so many who came back to Selangau to convince their parents and elders to embrace change. This is a victory for them and it must be an inspiration that their efforts have borne fruit,” he added.