Sarawak needs stronger voice in Parliament, says SUPP


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MIRI: The people of Sarawak will be able to have a stronger say in their state’s rights if Barisan Nasional can capture all six parliamentary seats held by the Opposi­tion, says Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He called on Sarawakians to demonstrate their unity in seeking a return to their rights which have been taken over by the federal ministries.

“We can ensure this by winning back those lost seats during this genaral election in Sara­wak,” he said here on Saturday after launching the Miri SUPP general election “war truck”.

The parliamentary seats held by the Opposition are Miri, Sarikei, Sibu, Lanang, Stampin and Bandar Kuching.

There are 31 parliamentary consti­tuencies in Sarawak of which Barisan holds 25 seats, with DAP five and PKR one.

Dr Sim added that winning back the Opposition-held seats could be achieved, but the task would be very tough.

He added that SUPP leaders and members must work hard to convince Sarawakians to vote for Barisan.

Sarawak will only see contests in parliamentary seats in GE14.

Its state elections is held separately from the parliamentary polls.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/04/16/sarawak-needs-stronger-voice-in-parliament-says-supp/