KUCHING, Nov 16 — Pro-Barisan Nasional (BN) party United People’s Party (UPP) said today that it is prepared to have joint candidates with its rival Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) in the coming 14th general election.
“That is an ideal way to solve the tussle for seats between the two parties,” UPP president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh told reporters.
He said the two parties should work together if the state Barisan Nasional were to win all the 31 parliamentary seats in Sarawak in the general election.
He said SUPP should not be talking about contesting all the seven seats it traditionally contested in the previous general elections as UPP is a force to be reckoned with.
Wong, who is also the International Trade and e-Commerce Minister, warned of dire consequences if the two parties do not work together to face the election.
“Working together to face the common challenges or suffer the consequences of not working together. Unless, we can do it, the future is not going to be what we all like to see,” he warned.
He said the state Barisan Nasional can count on UPP to secure the people’s support and to win the election.
He said UPP is strong in the suburban area of Mambong and more outlying area of Opar and Engkilili and in urban areas, the party is commanding deep-rooted support in Sibu, Bintangor and Sarikei.
Wong said the final decision on seat allocations will come from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg.