KUCHING: Sarawak Barisan Nasional aims to take back three parliamentary seats from Pakatan Harapan in addition to retaining its 25 seats in the general election.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg declared this target when launching the state Barisan Youth election machinery here on Monday (March 26).
“We want to retain our 25 seats and increase it to 28. With the support and enthusiasm of the Youth, we can work to ensure victory for Barisan,” he said.
Sarawak has 31 parliamentary seats. The six Opposition-held seats are Bandar Kuching, Stampin, Sarikei, Sibu, Lanang and Miri.
Abang Johari said the state Barisan was ready for the polls and was only waiting for the signal from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“When the Federal leaders beat the gong, we will swing into action. We have to work hard and together we can take back the lost seats,” the state Barisan chairman said.
Abang Johari also said a strong victory for the state Barisan would give Sarawak the bargaining power to take back its rights under the Malaysia Agreement.
He said Opposition leaders should not try to teach Sarawak what to do with regards to state rights.
“We have our dignity, we know what we want to do and we can work together with Najib,” he said.