KOTA BARU, Dec 26, 2015:
Admitting that the party has never won a seat in the Sarawak state elections, PAS nevetheless views competing in the state as relatively important.
Its vice-president Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said that “competing” and “losing” were two different matters.
He added based on the research done by the party, there was a necessity for PAS to compete in Sarawak, as at the very least it would give the party the chance to preach and address the people there.
He said that if PAS were to compete in the state, it would provide voters with an alternative if they no longer wished to vote for Barisan Nasional (BN) or DAP.
“If PAS competes there, we have room and chance to talk, and at the same time preach (to the people).
“If we do not compete and suddenly come in to talk, it would seem odd,” he said during a Press conference after launching Tenaga Nasional Berhad’s Sepak Takraw Championship Cup yesterday.
Mohd Amar also denied claims that PAS’ possible involvement in the Sarawak state election was merely to disrupt DAP voters, allowing BN to win.
“No, no, the basis for PAS to place a candidate is to speak and talk, that is primary, preaching to the people is important,” he explained.
In the next Sarawak state election PAS will compete in 11 State Assembly seats, while DAP is reported to be competing in 30 seats.
Previously, the Islamist party competed for three state seats before adding two more in 2006.