“We have not counted yet (the number of seats that Pakatan Harapan can win in Sarawak)”
KUCHING: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad did not give a clear indication if the present development projects in Sarawak such as the multi-billion Pan Borneo Highway will continue if Pakatan Harapan comes into power.
The Pakatan Harapan chairman said the opposition alliance was still in the process of formulating its special manifesto for Sabah and Sarawak.
He said there were a total of 16 items in the manifesto drafted to address issues affecting the people in Sarawak. The Pakatan Harapan manifesto for Sabah would have 20 items.
“We know about your unhappiness with regards to (the status) of Sabah and Sarawak like one of the states in the peninsula.
“We are looking into ways to remedy your dissatisfaction, which include the people’s aspiration (for Sarawak to have greater control) of petroleum products and education. We will come with an open mind,” he told reporters when met at the Kuching International Airport here today.
Present were DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, Parti Amanah Negara elections director Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli and State Pakatan Harapan chairman Chong Chieng Jen.
Mahathir was asked to comment if Pakatan Harapan would continue construction of the multi-billion ringgit highway and other infrastructure projects should it comes into power.
He also said Pakatan Harapan hoped to win enough seats in Sarawak to form the government at the federal level.
“We have not counted yet (the number of seats that Pakatan Harapan can win in Sarawak).
“We hope to win quite a number, hopefully, enough to form a government,” he said.
During the last general election, BN won 25 of the 31 parliamentary seats in Sarawak. DAP won five parliamentary seats in Bandar Kuching, Stampin, Sarikei, Lanang and Sibu.
Miri Member of Parliament, Dr Michael Teo Yu Keng, is the sole PKR MP in the state.
Mahathir and Lim will be among the many speakers among opposition leaders at a ceramah hosted by Pakatan Harapan in front of a supermarket in Jalan BDC here tonight.
Source: NST Online