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We’ve no time for PKR, says SNAP

April 4, 2011
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We’ve no time for PKR, says SNAP

KUCHING: The Sarawak National Party (SNAP) is no longer interested to “waste time to entertain” the state Parti Keadilan Rakyat in discussing seat allocations for the April 16 state election.

Instead, SNAP was all geared up preparing for the nomination day on Wednesday, said its vice-president, Johnny Wong, yesterday.

“It is the end of the road in our talks with PKR.

“Our 27 candidates are now busy going to the ground to meet voters in the constituencies which they will be contesting.

“We are busy with our election preparations and do not want to waste time on other matters,” he said.

Wong was commenting on a report that PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had indicated that PKR would go on their own without cooperation from SNAP.

The conflict between PKR and SNAP started when PKR’s deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali said SNAP would only be given three seats to contest in the state election.

This is in contrary to SNAP’s intention to contest in 40 seats.

In retaliation, SNAP went on to announce the list of its 16 candidates, followed by another 11 a week later, bringing the total to 27.

Yesterday, PKR vice-president Tian Chua issued a statement saying that its “efforts to reach an electoral pact with SNAP for the Sarawak state elections have been continually frustrated”.

He said SNAP’s insistence on contesting “no less than 27 seats” had created an impasse.

“Sadly, despite our attempts to engage constructively over the seat negotiations, SNAP adopted an entirely inflexible position.”

Sumber: NSTP

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